Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the content of the course? And, does it cover issues relevant to both biomedical and social-behavioral IRB members?
A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) 101sm is based upon an established and continuously updated curriculum, and covers the ethics, history, and federal regulations related to the conduct of research involving human subjects. Depending on the hosting institution, the program can be customized to emphasize biomedical or social-behavioral research. More information and a sample agenda can be found here. IRB 250 has been designed for professionals seeking additional knowledge and further insights into some of the many hot topics related to human subject protections. IRB 250 programs begin with an introductory section on the “Criteria for the Review of Research,” followed by four modules that best meet the needs of the host institution. To learn more about the modules and to view a sample agenda, please see here.
Q: What is the format of an At Your Doorstep program?
A: The format of the day depends on the program and the needs of the institution. Traditionally, IRB 101sm is a one-day program broken into three parts: a review of the history of institutional review boards, an overview of the ethical principles involved, and a case study discussion. The day features several teaching methods including lectures, interactive discussions, and case studies. IRB 250 is also typically a one-day program. Each IRB 250 includes a maximum of four modules of the institution’s choosing, in order to ensure sufficient time for in-depth coverage of each topic. Fewer than four modules may be offered should one of the requested modules require more time, or if your institution requests expanded focus on a particular topic within one of the modules.
Q: Who would benefit from participating in anIRB 250or IRB 101 course? Are there eligibility requirements for either course?
A: Both IRB 101sm and IRB 250 are designed for IRB members, HRPP/IRB professionals, administrators, clinical investigators, and research staff. IRB 101sm is a great “nuts and bolts” introduction for newcomers to the field, and a terrific refresher course for those who are more seasoned. IRB 250 is intended to provide additional knowledge to more seasoned members and professionals. It is recommended that participants of IRB 250 possess a basic knowledge of institutional review boards and their functions.
Q: What is the cost of an At Your Doorstep program?
A: The fee to host a full-day IRB 101 program is $6,300; a half-day costs $4,800. The fee to host a full-day IRB 250 program is $6,500; a half day costs $4,800. The institution is also responsible for the cost of faculty travel and accommodation expenses. Institutions are encouraged to host this program in conjunction with other institutions. However, we will execute an institutional agreement with only one organization. Please note that if an institution chooses to charge participants, prior arrangements must be approved by PRIM&R. Please contact us for additional information.
Q: Approximately how long does an At Your Doorstep program take? Are there set times for the programs?
A: Traditionally, At Your Doorstep programs are full-day programs. While there are no set hours for an At Your Doorstep program, the average program runs from 8:30-4:30 with an hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks. The start and end times and length can be customized to meet an institution’s needs.
Q: How do I schedule a program at my institution?
A: The first step in scheduling at At Your Doorstep program is completing an institutional survey for the program of your choice (IRB 101sm or IRB 250). Once you have completed your institutional survey, please submit it to Alysa Perry, program coordinator, via email or fax (617.423.1185). After receiving your survey, we will be in touch to discuss your answers and how we can customize a program to meet your needs.
Q: My institution’s needs do not match either program. Can you customize an offering?
A: Yes! If you do not feel your needs are adequately met through either of our current offerings, please contact us. We are always eager to work with an institution to create programming that is tailored to your needs and professional development goals.
Q: How are faculty selected for each program?
A: Faculty are selected for a particular offering based on background, experience, proximity to the hosting institution, and availability. Please see our faculty page for additional information.