IRB Training Opportunities and Resources

IRB Insights

This training typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Remember to bring your questions about the topic at hand!

Mark your calendars for future IRB Insights opportunities:

  • When are you engaged in research? [Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12 noon in Hamilton Eye Institute’s Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison Ave., 3rd floor]

Registration Form

Previous IRB Insights Materials

Cooperative Agreements & Collaborations: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Slides | Video

Common IRB Provisos to Avoid: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Slides | Video

Learn about the upgrade from Version 9.03 to Version 10.03: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Slides | Video

Common Audit Findings: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Slides | Video

Consent Process: What do I need to know? Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Slides | Video

Information Security will discuss the acceptable, secure ways to store and transfer confidential subject data and subject PHI with identifiers.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Slides | Video

UTHSC is pursuing Accreditation-What Does that Mean for Me?
Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Registries, Databases, and Repositories: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slides | Video  Video icon

Understanding the IRB Process: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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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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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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See Previous IRB Insights Materials


IRB & 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 Margaret Sularin at if you are interested in scheduling one of the iMedRIS trainings below.

Beginner IRB & iMedRIS Training

This class is designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who are not familiar with our IRB policies and/or have never submitted electronic studies to the IRB using iMedRIS.  We will discuss practical issues, such as UT NetIDs, taking the CITI course, acquiring administrative approval from our affiliate institutions, obtaining access to iMedRIS, and navigating iMedRIS.  We will also review many of our policies, common problem areas, and federal regulatory requirements for conducting research.

Advanced iMedRIS Session

Advanced sessions are designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who have previously submitted forms in iMedRIS and have specific questions about iMedRIS functions, navigating iMedRIS, and relating the IRB processes to iMedRIS.  This class can be purely instructional in nature, or hands-on if you have a particular form in iMedRIS that you need assistance in completing.  In an effort to coordinate the time required and format of the training, please email your question(s) to Kimberly Prachniak at along with the request for training.

Departmental Session

The IRB can come to you and tailor our training to directly meet the needs of your department.  We can conduct either of the 2 sessions above, or we can incorporate some of the beginner session with specific departmental issues, such as explaining the difference between exempt and expedited studies.

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.

How do I log-in? If you are a first-time CITI user and you are an employee of the University, select Log in through my institution.  Next, select University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis from the drop down list and log-in with your UT Net ID and password; this will allow your training to be entered into the human resources mandatory training database. If you are not an employee of the University and you do not have a UT Net ID, you will need to create an account following the online instructions.  Remember that your password should consist of 8-50 characters and it is case sensitive.

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

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 .