Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Academic integrity and research ethics are fundamental to the practice of science. We have attempted to create a rigorous and relevant program to train students in the highest standards for conducting research.  All biomedical PhD students are required to participate in four different face-to-face RCR courses for a total of 20 contact hours. To receive credit for RCR training, students complete written assessments and course credit is formally tracked by the university registrar to ensure that all RCR requirements are met prior to graduation.

First-Year Ethics Retreat

All first year biomedical PhD students (usually about 100 per year) attend this retreat on the weekend prior to the start of classes in August.  The retreat includes lectures and small group discussions led by biomedical faculty that cover topics essential to RCR training as designated by NIH.  12 hr credit for GS710.
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Third-Year RCR Course

This is an on-site, one-day retreat that combines professional development activities with a recapitulation of topics covered at the First-Year Retreat. The course is required of all predoctoral students in the medical school at the end of their 3rd year (and at the end of their 7th year, if necessary).  4 hr credit for GS713.
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RCR Forums

To meet total RCR credit-hour requirements, students need to participate in two additional RCR forums during their graduate tenure. Each forum is a one hour lecture followed by a 1-1.5 hour small group discussion. Students may choose from a range of forums, changing annually. The faculty varies with the topic and include faculty from outside the biomedical sciences. These forums are held on Duke campus and, unlike the First-Year Retreat or the Third-Year RCR Course, are open to all graduate students in the university, including those from the humanities and social sciences. 4 hour credit for GS711.
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