In addition to research-appropriate experience and qualifications, a working knowledge in the appropriate conduct of research is essential.
OSF HealthCare expects investigators and research staff to understand and comply with federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance that apply to their research.
This is accomplished through continuous education and training resources offered through a variety of providers and methods.
At a minimum, all investigators and staff participating in the conduct of research for OSF HealthCare are required to complete web-based training through the services of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program .
CITI Program is a nationally recognized and well known resource for research education and training.
The CITI Program training courses required by OSF cover four core areas:
- Human subjects research
- Good clinical practice
- Responsible conduct of research
- Conflicts of interest
In addition to the required CITI Program training courses, there are also a variety of other free training and education opportunities available, both independent and through OSF:
- CITI Program training through OSF also offers a number of voluntary supplemental courses in other areas of interest to researchers
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center: Clinical Research Training
- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP): Human Subject Assurance Training
- NIH Office of Extramural Research: Protecting Human Research Participants