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Training Requirements, Research Compliance, and ORCID iD

What do I need to do before I get involved in a research project/scholarly activity?

Heritage College Policy 7.11 requires that all medical students follow all Ohio University and Heritage College policies and procedures, including registering their research and scholarly activities with the Office of Research and Grants through Salesforce prior to beginning the project. 

Required Training to Participate in Research 

Each research team member, including students, must complete human subjects protection training. A faculty or staff member who has HIPAA training or prior research experience is still required to complete the human subjects protection training. 

All Heritage College students participating in research must complete five CITI Program training courses and upload them to their Student Documents in Salesforce prior to beginning their research project. Required CITI Program courses include: 

  • Human Subjects (required for IRB) or Animal (required for IACUC) training – Must be updated every three years 
  • Responsible Conduct for Research training – May need to be updated every two years (Note: Some courses do not have an expiration date.) 

  • Conflict of Interest training – Must be updated every four years  

  • Good Clinical Practice course – May need to be updated every two to four years (Note: Some courses do not have an expiration date.)

  • Faculty, Administrators and Students - IPS/HIPAA – Must be updated every year 

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Getting Started with CITI Training   

Medical Student Research Activity Registration Through Salesforce

Heritage College Policy 7.11 requires that all medical students register their research projects/scholarly activities with the Office of Research and Grants by creating a Research Activity Record in their Salesforce Student Portal prior to beginning the project/activity.

Register Here

Required Research Compliance Information 

Students are required to obtain approvals from both the research site (if conducting research outside of an Ohio University campus) and Ohio University. Information and resources can be found at Ohio University Office of Research Compliance or by emailing

Please note that students are required to submit a deferral request to Ohio University Office of Research Compliance through the LEO Electronic Portal for studies that involve either human or animal subjects and have been reviewed by the research site (if conducting research outside of an Ohio University campus) IRB/IACUC. 

Students Participating in Human Subjects Research at OhioHealth: Please note that all protocols involving a Heritage College student must be submitted through SmartIRB, and then, should OhioHealth be determined to be the IRB of record, a deferral is to be requested through the Ohio University IRB. For more information, please contact your mentor and/or the OhioHealth Research Institute.  

Ohio University IRB Deferral Process (PDF)

Supplemental Form for IRB Deferral

LEO Electronic Portal

ORCiD Profiles

ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, which distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information – affiliations, grants, publications, peer review and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle and reducing the risk of errors. OHIO University Libraries has created a short educational video on the importance of ORCiD profiles. Medical students are required to submit their ORCiD to the Office of Research and Grants (ORG).  ORG will add this information to Salesforce. 

Register for ORCiD

Submit ORCiD to ORG