Research Training & Credentialing
Research and discovery is one of our primary missions at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and we are committed to meeting the applicable regulatory, accreditation and University requirements for training of employees, students, volunteers and affiliates. Professional development and training enhances the skills, knowledge and professionalism of our research personnel to better enable them to contribute effectively and meaningfully to the University's mission.
KUMC Training Policy- To recognize KUMC's obligation to provide training on applicable federal, state and accreditation requirements and University policy, and the requirement of employees, students, volunteers and affiliates to participate in such training. The following training related to research conduct is outlined in the KUMC training policy and can be accessed through CITI (link is external):
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)- addresses, among other things, topics such as research integrity, conflict of interest (personal, professional, and financial), data management, responsible authorship and publication (plagiarism), peer review, mentorship and training, and misconduct in research. Training must be renewed every 4 years.
All KUMC faculty and staff engaged in research (for this purpose defined as all investigators and other research personnel, regardless of title or position, who are involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research, regardless of funding) will be required to complete RCR training. This includes:
- Full-time and part-time faculty or staff listed as a primary investigator, co-investigator, or study team member on an IRB or IACUC protocol.
- Volunteer faculty included as a study team member on an IRB or IACUC protocol.
- Individuals with effort allocated to a research grant or sponsored project.
- Individuals involved in writing grant proposals or articles for publication.
Though they may not be directly involved in conducting research, administrative staff also play an important role in promoting research integrity. Therefore, staff whose primary responsibilities include the support of research through sponsored project and research administration will also be required to complete RCR training.
This training requirement also applies to health system employees who are named as a study team member on an IRB or IACUC protocol, or who have effort allocated to a research grant or sponsored project.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP)- Adherence to the principles of good clinical practices is universally recognized as a critical requirement to the conduct of research involving human subjects. GCP guidance provides a unified standard to facilitate acceptance of clinical data by regulatory authorities. Training must be renewed every 3 years.
GCP training is required for all investigators and clinical research coordinators engaged in the execution of a clinical trial. This includes principal investigators, co-investigators, and study coordinators formally listed as members of the study team (most commonly, on the basis of the IRB application). For the purposes of this requirement, study coordinators are those individuals responsible for study coordination, data collection and data management activities on a clinical trial. This would include staff whose central focus is to manage participant recruitment and enrollment, to maintain consistent study implementation, clinical trial data management and to ensure integrity and compliance with regulatory and reporting requirements. These individuals may also seek informed consent from prospective participants, enroll and meet with research participants and collect and record information from research participants. These individuals, considered "clinical trial staff" by NIH, may also be called research coordinator, study coordinator, research nurse, study nurse or sub-investigator.
Human Subjects Protection- required for all KUMC research personnel, KUMC staff and affiliated staff who have any role in research involving human subjects. Training must be renewed every 3 years.
Research personnel should complete either the Biomedical Basic Course or the Social-Behavioral Basic Course, depending on the type of research activity planned. Advanced courses may be required if research involves vulnerable populations. For research personnel who previously completed Social-Behavioral training and are now involved in biomedical research, an additional course "FDA Research for Social-Behavioral Investigators" will satisfy this requirement.
Other Required Training
For investigators new to KUMC, see instructions for Creating a new account in CITI. Detailed information on how to access, complete and verify training can be found in the CITI Guide to Getting Started.