Conflict of Interest (COI) Web-Based Training

UT Southwestern provides all required Conflict of Interest Training as a web-based tutorial through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Each covered individual* must complete Conflict of Interest Training before engaging in research at UT Southwestern Medical Center and at least once every four years thereafter. A covered individual new to UT Southwestern must complete the training before engaging in research, or must provide evidence of having completed the training at another UT System institution within the last four years. A covered individual must complete the training immediately if it is found that the covered individual is not in compliance with this policy or a management plan, or if the policy is revised in a manner that affects the covered individual’s duties.

*Covered Individual – Any person who is required to submit a statement of financial interests, including: faculty members; study team members (including students and post-graduate trainees); individuals who may influence the negotiation or execution of research or technology licensing agreements; Institutional Review Board (IRB) members; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members; and Conflict of Interest Committee (COI Committee) members.

After finishing the required training(s), please keep a copy of each document for your records.

Training Instructions for First Time CITI Users:

UT Southwestern Employees

Faculty or staff who has an active person number and a Southwestern ID
Note: The CITI Course site is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Important: Before you begin, please have your Person Number available since you will be asked to enter it into the registration form. Entering your Person Number is important as it allows us to easily match your training dates to your user profile in eResearch systems for tracking purposes. If you do not know your person number, read the relevant FAQ for instructions at our IRB Training page.

1. Go to the CITI Course website

2. If you are a new user, click on “Register Here.” This will open a new window that contains the registration form.

3. Fill out the registration form by completing the following fields:

  • Select your institution or organization. Important: Select “University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center” in order to be able to view our courses.
  • Select your Username and Password. Important: You will create your own user name and password (similar to creating a new personal email account). Recommend using your UT Southwestern MedNet ID.
  • Enter your name. Important: Use your full name. Providing a nickname or an abbreviated name may cause delay in verifying your training.
  • Enter your email address. Important: Use your UT Southwestern email address as your preferred address.

4. Click Submit.

5. Complete the following fields:

Fields marked with an * are required

  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Person Number (only for UTSW employees - see instructions below to find your Person Number in FAQs)
  • Department
  • Job Title
  • Office Phone
  • Mail Code
  • Home Phone
  • May we re-contact you to complete a course survey?

6. Click Submit.

7. For COI training, please skip Question 1 and select "Yes" under Question 2 indicating you wish to take the UT Southwestern Conflict of Interest training. Note: if you will be involved in human and/or animal research, you may also check the corresponding training groups in Question 1 to access additional training modules.

To sign in again later:

1. Go to the CITI Course website

2. Enter your User Name and Password.

NOTE: If you ever forget your password or user name: You can go to “forgot login information” at the CITI home webpage to retrieve the information.

Other Affiliates

IMPORTANT: You must select “University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center” as the Participating Institution in order to view the appropriate courses.

1. Go to the CITI Course website

2. If you are a new user, click on “Register Here.” This will open a new window that contains the registration form.

3. Fill out the registration form by completing the following fields:

  • Select your institution or organization. Important: Select “University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center”.
  • Select your Username and Password. Important: You will create your own user name and password (similar to creating a new personal email account).
  • Enter your name. Important: Use your full name. Providing a nickname or an abbreviated name may cause delay in verifying your training
  • Enter your email address

4. Click Submit.

5. Complete the following fields:

Fields marked * are required

  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Person Number (only for UTSW employees)
  • Department
  • Job Title
  • Office Phone
  • Mail Code
  • Home Phone
  • May we re-contact you to complete a course survey?

6. Click Submit.

7. For COI training, please skip Question 1 and select "Yes" under Question 2 indicating you wish to take the UT Southwestern Conflict of Interest training. Note: If you will be involved in human and/or animal research, you may also check the corresponding training groups in Question 1 to access additional training modules. Note: if you will be involved in human and/or animal research, you may also check the corresponding training groups to access additional training modules.

To sign in again later:

1. Go to the CITI Course website

2. Enter your User Name and Password.

NOTE: If you ever forget your password or user name: You can go to “Forgot login information” at the CITI home webpage to retrieve the information.

Training Instructions for Returning CITI Users:

1. Go to the CITI Course website

2. Enter your User Name and Password. NOTE: If you have forgotten your password or user name, go to “forgot login information” on the CITI home webpage to retrieve the information.

3. Select “add a course or update your learner groups” and select "Yes" under Question 2 indicating you wish to take the UT Southwestern Conflict of Interest training.