Education and Training

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) believes that education, training and knowledge transfer is key to promoting compliance. We facilitate education and training for the research community. All investigators and research personnel must complete mandatory training prior to beginning research.

The following research-related educational opportunities are available to research personnel. The ORC offers specialized training to support research and satisfy educational/training needs (human subject and non-human) of the research community. Please contact the ORC to explore these opportunities.

Research Compliance Onboarding Education and Rush Research Portal Education

Mandatory research compliance education and portal training sessions are offered every Friday in the Jelke Building, Conference Room 602A starting promptly at 10 a.m. ending at 12 noon. Due to the pandemic, virtual training began March 2020. To register for a Friday WebEx session, please contact Jacob_M_Boudreaux@rush.edu. Researchers and their staff must complete this training prior to issuance of portal accounts. (Please verify availability during the holiday season) 

In addition, OnCore 101 may be required, see flyer and contact Oncore_Team@rush.edu for more questions. 

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

In addition to mandatory compliance and RRP training, Rush requires core training through the CITI Program.

Basic Coursework: Depending on the funding source and type of research, education requirements vary. Basic research education includes instruction on the content area related to the category of research conducted and must be completed before the individual commences research. CITI Certifications for research training must be renewed every 3 years (unless otherwise specified). To access the training, please see: www.citiprogram.org. For detailed instructions on how to register for CITI, please click here.

Conflict of Interest (COI)

Education about Conflict of Interest in research is required by Rush and the Public Health Service (PHS). Conflict of Interest training is offered in CITI for non-federally funded research (PHS). Principal Investigators and key personnel must complete Rush specific Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training in the Rush Learning Hub. 

A Rush specific tutorial has been created that covers Rush policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) and federal requirements on FCOI at 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, Promoting Objectivity in Research. This training is now offered through the Rush Learning Hub, effective January 2021. The Learning Hub module cited below will take about 15 minutes to complete.

FCOI-Promoting Objectivity. Once accessed, click “Register” and then “Launch”. Researchers may also filter by course name in the Course Library at learninghub.rush.edu For detailed instructions, please click here

Students can access this training through LEAP Online via the instructions cited below:

LEAP Training: Federally funded investigators/researchers must complete FCOI training every 4 years. Investigators and key personnel must complete training prior to beginning any grant or award. FCOI education can be found in LEAP, titled COI: Promoting Objectivity in Research. For additional information please review the COI section on this website. Instructions for Self-Enrollment

It is important to store your training completion date for future reference and to provide proof of completion to the Rush Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) Office.

International Conference on Harminization (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GC) E6 principles provides a standard for ensuring clinical trial compliance. As of September 16, 2016, the NIH requires GCP training for all its extramural funded clinical trials.

ICH/GCP includes content covering study implementation, data collection, monitoring, and reporting as well as outlines the responsibilities of IRBs, investigators, sponsors and monitors. Investigators and staff who are involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials must be educated on ICH/GCP. This education is offered via CITI (citiprogram.org). Other training certificates may be considered in lieu of the CITI training. GCP certification must be renewed every 3 years.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

RCR is an essential component of research education to ensure research integrity. Rush’s RCR coordinator is Colleen Sowinski and can be contacted to coordinate training at Colleen_S_Sowinski@rush.edu. NIH requires all:

  • Trainees
  • Fellows
  • Participants, and
  • Scholars

Who receive support through any NIH:

  • education grant (K grants)
  • career development award (individual or institutional) (T awards)
  • research education grant, and
  • dissertation research grantees

to receive instruction in RCR. The core elements of RCR is provided via CITI (citiprogram.org). After the training is completed, individuals must receive face-to-face education. To receive the needed face-to-face education, contact the Office of Research Compliance. Additional information and a full list of the grants & awards pertinent to these categories can be found at NOT-OD-10-109

Animal Use and Protections

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires training of research personnel with animal contact. See Rush’s policy CC-RC-0004 and or contact the Comparative Research Center (CRC) at (312) 942-6576 for required animal use and protection education

Other Resources

  • Investigator’s Handbook
  • ORC Toolbox
  • Buzz and Bites