Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Groups

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D., Director

The Graduate School of Biomedical Science's Division of Basic Sciences sponsors a course to promote responsible conduct of research and professional development. Activities are geared toward enhancing communication skills among students in the biomedical sciences and with those from UT Southwestern Medical Center's two other degree-granting schools.

First-year students in the Division of Basic Sciences must enroll in the two-semester course during which they are assigned to small discussion groups led by faculty facilitators. The facilitators also act as advisors when students are carrying out laboratory rotations, before selecting a research mentor and graduate program.

Course topics include research ethics, collaborative research, team-building, use of human and animal subjects, conflict of interest, peer review, and technology transfer. Sessions take place twice a month, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and typically start with a 30-minute topic introduction followed by breakout for small group discussion.

This scheduling mirrors small group meetings of the Medical School’s Academic Colleges and the School of Health Professions' IDEAL course, providing the curricular structure for joint interprofessional activities among all three schools, which is the foundation for Convergence.