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


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.   

What do I have to do?

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

  • 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.

IMPORTANT: 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.  See below.



During the first year of medical school, you will be required to 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: https://ora.msu.edu/train/programs/citi.html

- Follow instructions under "How to Enroll in CITI RCR Courses"

   - For the purposes of this training, follow instructions for Graduate Students

Modules to complete are:

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

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


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 can merge your existing account with your new MSU account by updating your preferred primary email on your existing account to your @msu.edu email.,



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:

- The required Epidemiology intersession covers material that can be used for 4 hours of RCR training.

--Topics covered include: Critical appraisal of research, bias in clinical research, biostatistical analysis and interpretation

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

--Topics covered include: Humans as subjects in biomedical research, mentoring and managing conflicts of interest

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 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.

Below is an image of what the RCR Report should look like.  This image represents a completed RCR training report.  All CHM students should complete the trainings indicated here to satisfy the RCR requirements.

Sample RCR Report

Ensuring Timely Tracking of RCR Training

The Research Training Tracking System records classes for the academic year, from August to the next August. 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.

 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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