Training and Education

Training and Education

To ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research involving human subjects at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), all CDU faculty, staff, and students who conduct research involving human subjects must be familiar with an understand the underlying ethical principles, federal and state laws and regulations, and CDU IRB policies and procedures.  Education policy requires that all key research personnel take education and training before starting any research activities involving human participants.

*Key Personnel are defined as the Principal Investigator, other investigators, and research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with human subjects or who are directly involved with handling private information related to study participants during the course of a research project.

Required Training

By March 1, 2010 all CDU research investigators, key personnel and students who conduct research involving human subjects must complete the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) training and submit their certification before IRB submissions are approved.  CITI course completions are required initially and biennially. The URL to access CITI:

Training for New Investigators and Research Personnel

Important to research conduct, is the awareness of investigators and research personnel with the specific CDU policies and procedures for application, review, and oversight of research.  This training will promote understanding and preparedness to follow through with the requirements of the IRB. All new CDU investigators and research personnel are required to take this training.  The OPHS will have regular scheduled classes for beginning research investigators and new CDU research personnel or existing personnel that may be new to a position involving human subjects research.

Continuing Education and Training

Additional continuing education and training of all investigators and key personnel may be required, if IRB/OPHS identifies lack of knowledge and/or understanding of applicable regulations and/or CDU IRB policies and procedures.  The investigators and key personnel have several options to satisfy continuing education and training.  Certificates of attendance will be distributed to attendees.  These include the following, but not limited to:

  • One-on-one session with the OPHS staff on specific topics
  • Educational lectures provided by OPHS staff
  • Group sessions (as requested by cluster groups, departments, multidisciplinary projects)
  • Attendance at OPHS hosted PRIM&R webinars.


If you have questions, contact Margie R. Dike in the OPHS at or 323-357-3649.