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CHM Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Student Process

The MSU Graduate School requires all academic units to have a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) plan that teaches all students involved in research projects about the correct approaches to the research process. The MSU Graduate School recently (October 2016) updated the requirements for RCR training.

CHM RCR Curriculum (Updated October 2016)


The first year in which a student participates in research, s/he must complete a group of four modules within the CITI training site. These modules are called the "MSU Graduate School RCR Program" and can be accessed via this link: The modules that are required are:

  1. Introduction to RCR
  2. Authorship
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Research Misconduct

These modules must be completed within your first year doing research at CHM.

View a brief tutorial on access and registration for the CITI modules here: MSU/CITI Initial RCR tutorial

Information about the CITI Program site and its link to MSU's SABA system. Documentation of completion of the CITI modules is done automatically if you have registered with the CITI site using your email address.

If you already have an existing CITI account, you may be asked to merge the two accounts, which will allow previously completed modules to be transferred to your CITI account (see here for instructions:


When participating in research over a time period spanning more than one academic year, students must complete an additional 6 hours of discussion-based training. Discussion-based training may include coursework, training done by institutions, training done by research mentors, and workshops. These 6 hours of RCR must be completed and documented before you graduate.

Documentation of discussion-based training is accomplished by tracking the trainings through the RTTS system (see below)

INSTRUCTIONS for Tracking RCR Training

Discussion-based RCR trainings (not CITI-based training) must be tracked by students as they are completed. A tracking system for CHM students has been created.

A brief tutorial on getting started with and using the RTTS system.

Alternatively, read the instructions below.

Creating an Account in the Tracking System

Briefly, login with your MSU NetID and password.When you first login, select Create/Edit Trainee Account on menu bar. You are asked to select your Primary college and department. For CHM students, your primary college is College of Human Medicine, your primary department is"CHM: Office of Research". You are also asked to enter the MSUNetID of your adviser. For all CHM students, this NetID is 'trottie1'. You will be transfered to the Add/Edit Training Courses page.

Using the Tracking System to Log Your RCR Trainings

On the Add/Edit Training Courses page, you will select from your Primary department list of courses or from other college/department
lists, if applicable. The default is to select from the Primary. You should notice that some courses are fixed topics while others, such as PI meeting or Other, have a field where topic can be added. You should put in the number of hours and the date the training was taken, along with a description where needed. You must Save the record.

Creating a Training Report

The Run Training Courses Report generates a pdf of the training courses recorded for you. This can be printed off and signed by the you and your adviser, if needed.

Ensuring Timely Tracking of RCR Training

The Research Training Tracking System records classes for the academicyear, from August 16 to the next August 15th. You can not change the
records for last year so as the end of year approaches, remember to get your records updated.

What Trainings are Eligible to be Used for the Discussion-based RCR Requirement?

A number of different types of trainings may be acceptabe for discussioned-based RCR training. Some coursework may qualify. Some examples:


-Shared Discovery Curriculum(SDC) students - the required Epidemiology intersession covers material that can be used for 4 hours of RCR training.

-Shared Discovery Curriculum(SDC) students - the required Health Policy and Health Systems intersession covers material that can be used for 2 hours of RCR training.

  • Legacy Curriculum students - The 3rd year course Critical Appraisal/Analytic Medicine (CA/AM) can count for 4 hours of RCR.
  • Legacy Curriculum students-Meetings/trainings, such as a Research Orientation Meeting, that are held by one of our partner institutions.
  • Legacy Curriculum students-Research-related training done by your research mentor on a topic related to the conducting of research, such as "Data storage and patient safety", "accessing medical records for research", "obtaining informed consent", "writing a manuscript for publication" and other types of training.

NOTE:Below is the previous RCR training overview. Some of the below trainings, in particular those done online, are no longer valid as RCR training. Valid trainings are highlighed with in yellow.

Many of the RCR trainings are built into the CHM curriculum, thus you would only have to enter the completion date of those sessions. An example of this type of training might be Block I Orientation (3 hours). Other trainings are research-required activities (such as MSU IRB Human Research Protection training or CITI training). Still others can be institution- (i.e., hospital) or mentor-specific training given as required or as-needed. Additionally, the Office of Research offers online Research Basics Training (RBT Online), which is through D2L and offers up to 8 hours of RCR training that can be taken at any time. Please contact Dr. Mark Trottier to be added to the RBT Online D2L group.Once your RCR training is tracked, you can print a copy of the tracking form to provide to your research mentor.If you did not conduct research during a given year, you do not have to complete and track RCR training for that year.

Potential RCR training sessions are listed below, grouped by year that each training session is available. Please track all trainings you have completed using the RCR TRACKING FORMby clicking hereand entering the date of completion.

RCR Training Sessions Available to CHM Students

(Note: Options may differ depending on curriculum -

see highlighted notes)

CHM Students Required to CompleteHours

For both Legacy Curriculum and Shared Discovery Curriculum Students

CITI Training -MSU Graduate School RCR Program

SDC students: All students must complete CITI program-based RCR training. This training should be completed before you start research at CHM. Training instructions and modules can be found here(, and also in the instructions above.

The tutorial consists of 4 modules:

Intro to Responsible Conduct of Research



Research Misconduct


Legacy Curriculum students: For those who have not yet satisfied the RCR requirement at CHM, please complete the CITI program-based RCR training.



Discussion-based Training - 6 hrs required


For Shared Discovery Curriculum Students only

"Epidemiology / EBM" Intersession


Topics include:

Critical Appraisal of Research

Bias in Clinical Research

Statistical Analysis and Interpretation



For Shared Discovery Curriculum Students only

"Patient Vulnerabilities and Health Systems" Intersession


Topics include:

Humans as Subjects in Biomedical Research

Managing Conflicting Interests



For Legacy Curriculum Students Only

HM 635 and 637: Critical Appraisal/Analytic Medicine (CAAM)

Topics include data acquisition, management and protection; research misconduct, data ownership, authorship, and publication guidelines; human subjects protections.


For Legacy Curriculum students

Institution-specific training:

- Some research may require completion of training on handling of different biological, chemical and/or radioactive materials through the Office of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Safety ( at MSU or through another institution. If such training is done via classroom or other discussion-based methods, each of these may count as 1 hour of RCR, if applicable.

Example: Radiation safety training at MSU

Research activeTBD

For Legacy Curriculum students

Mentor/project-specific training

Includes discussions or trainings on any area of research including authorship, publishing, grant writing, obtaining informed consent, accessing medical records, protocol design, IRB applications, etc.

To track such training, you must include the number hours of training received, a brief description of the training topic, and the name of the person who did the training.

Research activeTBD

RCR Tracking System for Currently Enrolled CHM Students

Please indicate which RCR training sessions you have completed using the RCR TRACKING FORMby marking the date of completion at this site:.

Provide a copy of the RCR Form to the principal investigator (PI) of the research project. The PI is responsible for asking the student for the form and assuring that students complete the requisite RCR training prior to the student working on the project. The completed form can be printed from the website.

If you have questions about the new or old RCR Plan or the tracking systems (SABA or RTTS), please contact Mark Trottier, PhD, Student Research Director, or Angie Zell, Project Coordinator.