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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Policy

Smiling researcher in a labAll graduate students and postdoctoral appointees are required to complete RCR education by completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research course. The training must be completed as soon as possible upon the start of appointment at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

For Postdoctoral Appointees

The training requirement will be waived if the postdoctoral appointee can provide evidence of comparable training from another U.S. research university or academic medical center. Postdoctoral appointees that have already completed IND 501, 503 or 506 at the U of R are considered to be in compliance with the requirement and will receive an automatic waiver.

Examples of prior training that would not likely qualify for waiver would be exclusively online courses, courses that did not cover most of the NIH required topics or courses that did not have a significant small group discussion component.

Postdoctoral appointees that would like to request a waiver should contact Dr. Robert Freeman (Basic Science) or Kelley O’Donoghue (Clinical Research) and copy course administrator Ben Lovell. With your request, please include:

  1. A syllabus for the comparable training, and
  2. A transcript indicating successful completion of the training (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).