BCM Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research is required of all graduate students and research postdoctorals. RCR training is available in three separate venues. The required training complies with the current recommendations of the NIH for instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Upon completion of the requirements a certificate of attendance will be issued.
Completing the Ethics Requirements
Graduate Students (August - April over a 4 year period)
Graduate students who are not in the Clinical Scientist Training Program are required to complete sixteen total hours of training in RCR spread over a four year period (years 1-4). Students must attend all of the 8 lectures on required NIH topics along with the four case discussion small groups, and the four mentor/student session. Individual lecture or case studies can be, if necessary, made up by attending the corresponding activity in the ethics training for postdoctorals (see below)
Ethics - Year 1- For first year students
Ethics - Year 2 - For second year students
Ethics - Year 3 - For third year students
Ethics - Year 4 - For fourth year students
Research Postdoctorals (Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows) (Feb-March).
Research postdoctorals are required to complete all nine of the lectures covering NIH-required topics along with the four case studies. If you must miss one of the required sessions, you can make it up in the graduate student course in the fall or in the postdoc ethics training the following year. Postdoctorals who entered BCM prior to 2010 and are have partially completed the requirements will have to only attend the lecture(s) covering the topics that they missed previously.
Ethics - Module 1 (parallel content with Year 1 Ethics for Students
Ethics - Module 2 (parallel content with Year 2 Ethics for Students
Ethics - Module 3 (parallel content with Year 3 Ethics for Students
Ethics - Module 4 (parallel content with Year 4 Ethics for Students
Clinical Scientist Training Program Students. (July-August)
BCM Graduate students enrolled for an M.S. or Ph.D. track in the Clinical Scientists Training Program may complete the ethics requirement by attending all of the required lectures in the Responsible Conduct of Research for Clinical Investigators course (GS-CT-409) offered in Term 1.
The ethics training offered to BCM students and postdocs is available to any student enrolled in an TMC institution. For non-BCM students the offering in the Responsible Conduct of Research for Clinical Investigators course (above) or the ethics training for postdoctorals would likely fit better into your schedule since the graduate student training is spread over a four year period. Completion requirements are the same as for BCM students and postdoctorals.