This education has been mandated not only for the principal investigator, but also for any personnel involved in the design, conduct or reporting of a clinical trial including all co-investigators, research coordinators, fellows, residents and medical students.
The Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine Office of Research Services offers a self training program that utilizes the text and certification exam of Drs. Cynthia Dunn and Gary Chadwick from the University of Rochester and Ken Getz from Center Watch Publications. Copies of the text, Protecting Study Volunteers in Research by Cynthia Dunn and Gary Chadwick, 2nd Edition, Center Watch Publications are available at the Health Sciences Library circulation desk.
The test may be taken by logging on to the Loyola Information Portal. Once logged in select "Investigator Certification Test" to begin the exam. Once completed, the test will be automatically corrected and you will be given a score. A score of 85% is considered passing. Each individual will be given 3 attempts to pass the test. An email certificate will be generated and should be kept for your records upon successful completion. If you have any questions or need assistance, you may contact the Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board at (708) 216-4608.
You will not be able to start any research with the Department of Ophthalmology until you have passed this certification exam.