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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 Laura Rush if you are interested in scheduling one of the iMedRIS trainings below.

Beginner IRB and iMedRIS Training

Designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who are not familiar with IRB policies and/or have never submitted electronic studies to the IRB using iMedRIS. Covers practical issues such as UT NetIDs, taking the CITI course, acquiring administrative approval from affiliate institutions, obtaining access to and navigating iMedRIS.  Includes review of many policies, common problem areas, and federal regulatory requirements for conducting research. Classes are usually held on Fridays; alternate times can be accommodated.

Campus Session

The UTHSC IRB offers campus training sessions called IRB Insights.  Visit our Insights page for more information.  



Advanced iMedRIS Session 

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, navigating iMedRIS, and relating the IRB processes to iMedRIS. This class can be hands-on if you need assistance completing a particular iMedRIS form. Email question(s) along with your training request to Laura Rush.


Departmental Session

The IRB can tailor training to directly meet the needs of your department. We can conduct beginner IRB and iMedRIS training, or we can incorporate some beginner material with specific departmental issues, such as explaining the difference between exempt and expedited studies.


Required Online Human Subjects Protection Training

Before a research protocol receives final approval by the UTHSC IRB, all Key Study Personnel (KSP) listed on UTHSC IRB submission, and others identified below, must complete the web-based Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program. If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding the CITI training, please call the UTHSC IRB office at 901.448.4824.

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, faculty advisors, and department chairs; 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 auspices. 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, 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 are not an employee of the University and 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.
What CITI course do I have to take?

You must take the course that is the most appropriate to your research activities:

  • Investigators and all key study personnel, including faculty advisors, should take Group 3;
  • New Research Administrators, IRB Chairs, and IRB staff should take Group 1.
  • New IRB Members and Department Chairs should take Group 1.
  • IRB Members and Department Chairs who have previously taken Group 2 may take the Group 2 Refresher course when their CITI training expires.

(If you are key study personnel and you have already taken Group 1 in the last 3 years, you do not have to take Group 3.)

For how long is my certification effective?

For IRB purposes, certification is good for 3 years for those conducting human subjects research at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions. CITI offers refresher courses for recertification.

Last Published: Dec 30, 2019