RCR Completion Form

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 students involved in research projects about the correct approaches to the research process. 

CHM RCR Curriculum (Updated October 2016)


All CHM students conducting research during medical school must complete 4 hours of Initial RCR training and 6 hours of "discussion-based" RCR training. CHM has set up the RCR training program such that this trianing is REQUIRED of all students.   

For legacy curriculum students, see below wherever LEGACY is written.

What do I have to do?

Be aware that simply completing the trainings is not enough to obtain credit for RCR training.  You must also TRACK the training using the RTTS tracking system in order to complete the CHM RCR requirement for medical students. 

The below list show the RCR Trainings you will complete or have already completed.

SDC Students

  • Four online modules in CITI system (completed in Fall of Year 1 of SDC), see "INITIAL TRAINING" below for more details
  • 6 hours of discussion-based training (completed in the Epidemiology intersession (4 hours) and the Patient Vulnerabilities and Health Systems intersession (2 hours)). See "DISCUSSION-BASED TRAINING" below.

LEGACY Curriculum Students


  • If you require RCR training for a research elective or other research activity, complete the online modules in CITI system. See "INITIAL TRAINING" below for more details.
  • 6 hours of discussion-based training  (all Legacy students will have completed 2 hours of RCR training in Block I orientation and 4 hours of RCR training in Critical Appraisal/Analytic Medicine (CA/AM)). All you have to do for Discussion-based training is track them in the RTTS system. 


 Once you have finished the various trainings, please track them in the RTTS system (see Instructions for Tracking RCR Training below).



The first year in which a student participates in research, the student 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: http://ora.msu.edu/train (click "CITI Programs").  The modules that are required are:

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

SDC students:  You are required to complete these modules as part of the Research Career Development session in Fall of Year 1.

LEGACY students: If you are in need of completing RCR training, please complete these four CITI modules.  


Abrief tutorial on access and registration for the CITI modules:

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 @msu.edu 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 @msu.edu CITI account (see here for instructions: http://ora.msu.edu/citiprogramorg)


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. These 6 hours of RCR must be completed and documented before you graduate.

For 6 hours of Discussion-based RCR training:

-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 Patient Vulnerabilities and Health Systems intersession covers material that can be used for 2 hours of RCR training.

In the 2018-2019 school year, there still remain some students from the LEGACY curriculum.  For discussion-based training, here are the hours that you can to use for Discussion-based training:

  • Legacy Curriculum students - The 3rd year course Critical Appraisal/Analytic Medicine (CA/AM) can count for 4 hours of RCR.
  • Legacy Curriculum students - Block I Orientation, 2 hours

If you are in the LEGACY Curriculum and RCR training is required for a research elective or other research experience, please complete the 4 CITI modules indicated above, and document those along with the above discussion-based options (CA/AM; Block I Orientation) using the RTTS system. 


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

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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.

If you don't want to view the tutorial, please 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 advisor. 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 academic year, from August 16 to the next August 15th. You cannot change the
records for last year so as the end of year approaches, remember to get your records updated.

RCR training sessions are listed below. Please track all trainings you have completed using the RCR Tracking Form by clicking here and entering the date of completion.


RCR Tracking System for Currently Enrolled CHM Students

Please indicate which RCR training sessions you have completed using the RCR Tracking Form by 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 RCR Plan or the tracking systems (SABA or RTTS), please contact Mark Trottier, PhD, Student Research Director, or Angie Zell, Project Coordinator.

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