Training and professional development enhance the skills, knowledge and professionalism of our research personnel, supporting their important contributions to the University’s mission of research and discovery. Visit the Research Training workspace in SABA for available web-based training and the Events Calendar for upcoming live training events, or learn more on the Training Resources page.
As part of its commitment to providing appropriate training for federal, state and accreditation requirements and University policies, KUMC maintains a Training Policy. The following training is required of research personnel, as outlined in the policy, and provided via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
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 projects 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.
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 the 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.
Required for all KUMC research personnel, including staff and affiliated staff, who have any role in research involving human participants and/or their protected information. Training must be renewed every 3 years.
Most KUMC research personnel should complete CITI Biomedical Researchers Basic Course. Some personnel may complete Social-Behavioral Researchers Basic Course depending on the nature of the research they are involved with. Additional and advanced courses may be required if research involves vulnerable populations. For research personnel who previously completed Social-Behavioral Researchers training and are now involved in biomedical research, the “FDA Research for Social-Behavioral Investigators” course will satisfy requirements.
The following departments oversee additional training that may be required of research personnel for the approval of protocols or onboarding staff: