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Investigator Education

Who needs research education training?

The tables below reflect the CORE Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Medical Review Evaluation Committee (MREC) Education requirements.

Role Human Subjects Research HIPAA for Research Researcher COI Good Clinical Practice
Frequency Frequency: Every 3 years Frequency: Every 3 years Frequency: Every 4 years Frequency: Every 3 years
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Research Education Requirement Acceptable Training Courses
(Other courses can be submitted for considered approval)
Human subjects Protection (HSP)
  • HSP course through CITI
  • HSP training through NIH
HIPAA for Research
  • HIPAA for Research module available through CITI
Researcher Conflicts of Interest (COI)
  • CHI Employees can take LEARN course: “Conflicts of Interest in Research”. LEARN can be access through Inside CHI using the My Tools menu.
  • Non-CHI Employees can access the, “Financial Conflicts of Interest” course directly through the NIH website.
  • *Stand-alone COI modules IF you have already completed the GCP training that did not include COI modules – See the table below
Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

The following courses and stand-alone modules meet the MREC Research Education Requirements for Researcher COI (Only one of the options below need to be completed)



CITI Conflicts of Interest Course containing the following modules:

  • Module 1 – Financial Conflicts of Interest: Overview, Investigator Responsibilities, and COI Rules (ID: 15070)
  • Module 2 – Institutional Responsibilities as They Affect Investigators (ID: 15072)
  • Module 3 – Conflicts of Commitment and Conscience (ID: 15073)
  • Module 4 – Institutional Conflicts of Interest (ID: 16765)


CITI Conflicts of Interest module:

  • Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human subjects (ID: 488)


LEARN Module: “Conflicts of Interest in Research”

  • This LEARN module is available to CHI Employees with access Inside CHI . You will find a link to LEARN through the My Toolsmenu.


NIH Module: Financial Conflicts of Interest

  • Non-CHI Employees can access the, “Financial Conflicts of Interest” course directly through the NIH website.

The following Stand-alone module DOES NOT contain sufficient information to meet the MREC Requirements for Researcher COI


CITI Conflicts of Interest module:

  • Conflicts of Interest in Research (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16599)

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Refresher Course GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics – ICH Focus Refresher:

Listed below are the available modules within the GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics – ICH Focus Refresher course, as well as recommendations / requirements for how they are presented. It is recommended (and required to meet TransCelerate minimum criteria) that the following modules be presented as required:

  • International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH): GCP Requirements
  • Investigator's Responsibilities and GCP
  • Informed Consent
  • Safety Management
  • Investigational Product (Drug) Management
  • Audits, Inspection, and Monitoring of Drug Studies
  • Sponsor Responsibilities and GCP