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IRB and iMedRIS Training

The IRB is happy to arrange a group training for your department or even a one-on-one training for an individual.
Please contact Kimberly Williams, MS at if you are interested in scheduling one of the iMedRIS trainings below.


Designed for principal investigators, co/sub-investigators, and coordinators who are unfamiliar with IRB policies or have never submitted electronic studies to the IRB using iMedRIS. Covers practical issues (UT NetIDs, taking the CITI course, acquiring administrative approval from affiliate institutions, accessing and navigating iMedRIS) to policy reviews, common problem areas, and federal regulatory requirements. Classes are usually held the first Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm; alternate times can be accommodated.


One-on-one or same research team, these sessions are designed for principal investigators, co/sub-investigators, and coordinators who have specific questions about iMedRIS functions, navigation, and its relation to  IRB processes. This class can be hands-on assistance for completing a particular iMedRIS form. Email question(s) and training requests to Kimberly Williams, MS at
The UTHSC IRB offers campus training sessions called IRB Insights. Visit our Insights page for more information.  
The IRB can tailor training to directly meet the needs of your department. We can conduct beginner IRB and iMedRIS training, or incorporate beginner material with specific departmental issues, such as explaining the difference between exempt and expedited studies. 


The Office of Research Clinical Trials webpage includes training and education resources for investigators and key study personnel.  These resources include classroom and educational opportunities, seminars and workshops that include principal investigator training, forms and tools, and other resources.

Required Online Human Subjects Protection Training

Before a research protocol receives final approval by the UTHSC IRB, all Key Study Personnel (KSP) investigators, faculty advisors, and department chairs listed on UTHSC IRB submission, and others identified below, must complete the web-based Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program. Alternative training may be accepted for non-research requests for Humanitarian Use Device (HUD), Emergency Use, Treatment Use, or Expanded Access/Compassionate Use projects.
What is CITI?
The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a leading online training program maintained by the University of Miami. It offers curricula in human subjects research, animal research, and the responsible conduct of research.
Who has to take CITI?
The training requirement applies to UTHSC faculty, staff, student, residents, fellows, research faculty advisors, and department chairs who approve research, and research administrators; to anyone conducting human subjects research activities at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions; and to IRB members and staff. This includes anyone working directly with human subjects or with identifiable data or biological specimens for research purposes under UTHSC authority. Investigators, research nurses, coordinators, students, technicians working with identifiable data; and faculty advisors and department chairs approving research all need to obtain CITI certification.
How do I log-in?
If you are a first-time CITI user and you are an employee of the University (or you have a UT NetID and password from being sponsored into the UT NetID system), select Log in through my institution. Next, select University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis from the drop-down list and log in with your UT NetID and password; this will allow your training to be entered into the human resources mandatory training database. If you do not have a UT NetID, you will need to create a CITI account following the online instructions. Remember that your password should consist of 8-50 characters and it is case sensitive.
What if I completed the CITI course at another institution?
You can affiliate your certification with UTHSC by following the online instructions on the CITI website. If researchers new to UTHSC, or collaborating researchers at other institutions, have taken Human Subjects Protections and Good Clinical Practice training at another institution, their completion certificate and course modules will be reviewed for reciprocity.  If the coursework is comparable, UTHSC will accept their training.  If the coursework in not comparable, additional modules may be assigned as needed, or researchers must complete one of the two course options noted below.
What CITI course do I have to take?

Investigators, all key study personnel, including faculty advisors, and department chairs have 2 options:

  1. Complete the UTHSC Basic Human Subject Protections and Good Clinical Practices combination course. Every 3 years, recertification must be accomplished by completing the full course again.


  1. Complete the Human Subjects Training Basic Biomedical (Biomed) course


the GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs & Medical Devices (U.S. FDA focus) course. These courses have more modules, but for recertification every 3 years, you can complete a shortened refresher course.

Research Administrators, IRB Chairs, IRB Members, and IRB staff must take the UTHSC Basic Human Subject Protections and Good Clinical Practices combination course.

CITI courses must be passed at 85% or higher.
For how long is my certification effective?

CTI certification is good for 3 years for those conducting human subjects research at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions. View the question above for recertification information.

Feb 15, 2024