The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc and the NYS Office of Mental Health have issued a policy regarding training in human subject protection for all researchers, key personnel, IRB members, IRB staff, and Institutional Officers involved in human subjects research or its oversight.
All those who play a significant role in the design, conduct, or oversight of research that is reviewed by the NYS Psychiatric Institute IRB are required to complete a web-based instruction course known as "CITI" (Collaborative IRB Training Initiative) prior to taking part in research. A "refresher course" is required every three years. Researchers are also encouraged to avail themselves of the many lectures, seminars, workshops and courses in ethics and human subjects protections offered at NYSPI and Columbia University Medical Center. Finally, we encourage new investigators to join us at a Wednesday subcommittee to get a first hand look at the review process. Contact the IRB office for more information.
If you have already completed CITI training with Columbia, or with some other institution, please note that THE TRAINING IS NOT RECIPROCAL. You must complete all of the modules that are required by NYSPI. See CITI FAQs for instructions on how to affiliate with another institution, in this case, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and complete whatever additional modules are required.