RCR Training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training 

RCR Training for Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, Humanities and Physical Science. In order to promote integrity and accountability in the scientific process and to meet institutional obligations as a federal grantee institution, Georgetown University has developed a program of instruction in the responsible conduct of research based on graduate levels of study and achievement throughout the scientist’s professional life.

Mandatory programs for all undergraduates, graduate students and pre-doctoral trainees engaged in research include either a semester course focusing on RCR (GUMC Phar 543, “Ethical Issues in Scientific Research”), or the electronic CITI RCR course, plus, for some researchers, no less than 8 hours of face to face instruction by way of small group discussions such as, but not limited to, lab meetings, departmental journal clubs and seminars. For further details please click on your specific campus plan in the table below.

Medical Center (GUMC) RCR Notice Training Plan

Main Campus, Law Center, Qatar Campus

RCR Notice Training Plan

Completing the on-line course from Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI):

  • Log onto the CITI homepage with your username and password.
  • Select Georgetown University as your institution.
  • CME/CEU credits for the required courses are available through the University of Miami – Office of Continuing Medical Education. They will provide up to 6 Category 1 CME credits for Physicians, Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Psychologists. To be eligible for 6 credits, you must complete a minimum of 12 modules from the Biomedical track and you must have an aggregate score of 80% correct on the quizzes. More information can be found on the CITI webpages.
  • At the end of the required modules you will have an opportunity to print the certificate of completion for your records. CITI will automatically forward the Certificate of Completion to the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
Additional Research Training Resources

Nature Masterclasses - Georgetown University has access to the Nature Masterclasses online course in Scientific Writing and Publishing, which covers 15 different subject areas surrounding presentation and conduct of research. Access is available to students of all levels, post doctoral fellows, faculty, staff and administrators and on all campuses using Georgetown University's wifi or internet. To start using the course, simply sign up on the Nature Masterclasses website.

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct - an interactive training video from The Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics, e.g., avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. (Disponible en Español; 可在中国)

The Research Clinic - an interactive training video from The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).  Developed to train clinical and social researchers on how to protect research subjects and avoid research misconduct.

Rigor and Reproducibility - a video series from The National Institutes of Health to enhance rigor and reproducibility in research and explore issues such as bias, blinding, and exclusion criteria. 

The ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (PDF) - A comprehensive overview of rules and principles of responsible research.  (Disponible en Español)

Protecting Confidentiality in Peer Review (flash video) - NIH Office of Extramural Research video tutorial on maintaining confidentiality throughout the peer review process.

Responding to Research Wrongdoing: A User-Friendly Guide (PDF)