IRB Training Opportunities and Resources

IRB Insights

This quarterly training allows for 30 minutes of lecture and 15 minutes for questions.

Mark your calendars for future IRB Insights opportunities:

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Located in GEB A304 - Exempt vs. Expedited Projects
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Understanding the IRB Process (Beginner session)
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 12 p.m. - Registries, Databases, and Repositories

Registration for IRB Insights

Previous IRB Insights Materials

Form changes with the iMedRIS upgrade: We will review Form 2 and Form 3 changes and changes to the PI Response form: January 29, 2014
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IRB Questions and Answers Trivia: October 30, 2013
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I just submitted to the IRB. What now? (Beginner Session): July 31, 2013
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10 Steps to Obtain UTHSC IRB Approval (Beginner Session): May 29, 2013
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New Changes in Applications and Consent Form!: January 30, 2013
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Note: The audio is not audible for the first few minutes of the presentation

IRB Questions and Answers Trivia: October 30, 2013
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Adverse Events, Unanticipated Problems, and other Reportable Information and which Form 4 to Use
August 29, 2012
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Creating Document Revisions – Creating revised study documents within iMedRIS, including hidden text instructions in the consent form templates
May 20, 2012
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IRB Auditing – Types of audits, what to expect during an audit, and how to respond to audit letters
November 20, 2011
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See Previous IRB Insights Materials


iMedRIS Training

The IRB is happy to arrange a group training for your department or even a one-on-one training for an individual. Please contact Kimberly Prachniak at if you are interested in scheduling one of the iMedRIS trainings below.

Beginner Training

This class is designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who have never submitted electronic studies to the IRB using iMedRIS and need to learn the basics of navigating the system, entering a study, and responding to provisos.

Advanced iMedRIS Question and Answer Session

This class is designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who have previously submitted electronic studies to the IRB for review and have specific questions about iMedRIS functions, navigating iMedRIS, and relating the IRB processes to iMedRIS. In an effort to coordinate time and questions, please email your question(s) to Kimberly Prachniak at along with the request for training.

What Training is Required?

  1. All employees, faculty, staff, students, and/or agents of UTHSC engaged in the conduct of human subjects research must have reviewed and be familiar with the principles of "The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research," along with applicable Federal and State laws and institutional policies regarding Human Subjects Research. You can view The Belmont Report and other guidelines and regulations on our “Resources” page.
  2. Prior to submitting research protocols for review and approval by the UTHSC IRB, all Key Study Personnel (KSP) listed on UTHSC IRB submission, regardless of their position, must complete the web-based Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research available at  external link icon or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online Course at external link icon . Each course is described below.

Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program

What is CITI? The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a leading online training program maintained by the University of Miami. It offers curricula in human subjects research, animal research, and the responsible conduct of research.

Who has to take CITI? The training requirement applies to IRB members and to anyone conducting human subjects research activities at UTHSC. This includes anyone working directly with human subjects or with identifiable data or biological specimens for research purposes under UTHSC auspices. Investigators, research nurses, coordinators, students, technicians working with identifiable data, and faculty advisors all need to obtain CITI certification. If you are a first-time CITI user, you will be asked to register using your UT Net ID as your username. If you do not have a UT Net ID, use your first initial and last name. If you are an employee of the University, you will also need to enter your UT employee personnel number (EPN); this will allow your training to be entered into the human resources mandatory training database. Contact your business manager if you do not know your EPN. If you are not paid by the University and do not have an EPN, please enter NOEPN in the appropriate field.

Which CITI course do I have to take? You must take the course that is the most appropriate to your research activities. For example, Research Administrators, IRB Chairs, and Office of Human Subjects Protection (OHSP) staff should take Group 1; IRB Members and Department Chairs should take Group 2; and Investigators and all KSP should take Group 3.

For how long is my certification effective? For IRB purposes, certification is good for three years for those conducting human subjects research at UTHSC or any institution affiliated with UTHSC. CITI offers refresher courses for recertification.

Need Assistance? If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding the CITI training, please contact Melanie Saucier at (901) 448-4824.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Online Course

This is a free, online course that presents information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The course satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal funds. Click the link below to be taken to the course registration page.
NIH Online Course: external link icon .