At Your Doorstep

At Your Doorstep photoSince 1998, institutions around the world have relied on PRIM&R’s At Your Doorstep program to educate their staff and the wider community. At Your Doorstep provides an easy, practical way to ensure that human research protections program (HRPP)/institutional review board (IRB) administrators, chairs, members, compliance personnel, institutional officials, and researchers can understand and implement the latest regulations, and can apply ethical principles governing research.

PRIM&R offers four courses through the At Your Doorstep program:

  • IRB 101sm is an introductory program that provides attendees with the core concepts and fundamental knowledge needed to succeed as HRPP staff and IRB members.
  • IRB 201 will provide attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to become effective IRB chairs, members, and staff.
  • IRB 250 is designed for professionals who understand the basic principles governing research and want to deepen their insight into more specific topics while learning how to apply practical strategies to enhance their HRPP/IRB.
  • Putting Together the HRPP Puzzle will provide participants with the tools they need to be effective members of their HRPP by highlighting best practices and common compliance pitfalls oversight challenges. The course is designed for all members of an institution’s HRPP but places special emphasis on addressing the role and function of researchers and research staff in relation to the institutional review board

Offering one or a combination of these courses is an effective, economical way for an institution to meet its obligation to deliver continuing education. At Your Doorstep programs range from a half day, full day, or two full days, depending on your institution’s needs. We encourage you to join with a neighboring institution to share the learning experience and network with your colleagues while each institution enjoys significant cost savings.

How At Your Doorstep works:

  1. The institution chooses IRB 101sm, IRB 201, IRB 250, and/or Putting Together the HRPP Puzzle
  2. The institution selects the location and suggests dates that are most convenient for hosting the course(s).
  3. Depending on the educational goals and needs of the audience, PRIM&R chooses one to two expert faculty members to teach the program based on the speakers' experience and content knowledge.
  4. PRIM&R staff and faculty members work with the institutional liaison(s) to create an offering that addresses topics relevant to the research reviewed and conducted locally.  

Hosting and Collaborating

At Your Doorstep programs have been held at more than 250 institutions ranging from small regional health centers to large government agencies. Institutions are encouraged to collaborate locally to host an At Your Doorstep program. Offering this program in conjunction with your local IRB consortium is a great way to share the educational benefits and also network with colleagues in your region.