Research Education

The Clinical Research Center provides education that facilitates EMMC providers in their pursuit of independent research. To accomplish this, the Center:
  • Supports and fosters scholarly work within the EMMC investigator community, which includes support for junior investigators
  • Implements tailored education for fellowships and summer internships in clinical research
  • Provides in-house training in Good Clinical Practice 

Investigators, Research Support Staff, Research Fellows, Students, and Volunteers are required to obtain training and pass an exam as part of a comprehensive Responsible Conduct of Research Program. The EMMC Clinical Research Center offers online training to all staff involved in any aspect of clinical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Protecting Human Research Participants” and The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) “Responsible Conduct of Research on Human Subjects” are required training.
Who is Required to Complete the Training?
All EMMC medical staff (IRB members, investigators and their support staff, research coordinators, etc.) and any other individuals, including students, in contact with human research subjects and/or human research subject data are required to complete human subjects training.
When Must Training be Completed?
Any investigator and his/her staff conducting research involving humans must complete the training before approval of their proposal is granted by the IRB. The Principal Investigator(s) should ensure that all key personnel have completed the training prior to submitting their new proposals or progress reports on continued projects.

CITI Research Training and Certification
Eastern Maine Medical Center is a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) institution. Employees can register and participate in educational sessions. Continuing Education Credits will be available to those who successfully complete a minimum of 12 modules. 

The EMMC IRB requires proof of CITI training by all investigators submitting an application to the IRB.

NIH Protecting Human Research Participants Training Modules
NIH requires all investigators receiving federal funding to take the Protecting Human Research Participants training modules.

Take the tutorial:
 Protecting Human Research Participants Modules, Office of Extramural Research
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Tutorial
NIH requires all investigators to complete the Financial Conflict of Interest tutorial: Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Tutorial, Office of Extramural Research                 

The EMMC Clinical Research Center offers a Clinical Research Fellowship to well-qualified EMMC candidates on an annual basis.
The fellowship program offers research training to EMMC candidates with an MD, DO, DDS, PhD, PharmD, RN, MSN or BSN interested in investigator-sponsored research and/or clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical or biomedical companies.

A description of the fellowship and the application form can be found on the Clinical Research Center's intranet page.