Search within:

Training Requirements, Research Compliance, and ORCID iD

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

Medical Student Research Project/Scholarly Activity Registration Through Salesforce

Heritage College Policy 7.11 requires that all medical students conduct research and scholarly activities under the direction of a mentor and 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. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met prior to engaging in research or scholarly activity.

Please note that research and scholarly activities and dissemination activities not registered in Salesforce will not be considered for inclusion on the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).  Details about activities that will be considered for inclusion on the MSPE can be found here.

Register Here

Required Training to Participate in Research and Scholarly Activity 

Each research team member, including medical students, must complete human subjects or animal 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 and scholarly activity must complete four CITI Program training courses and the Vector HIPAA course and upload the completion reports/certificates to their Student Documents in Salesforce prior to beginning their research project. Required courses include: 

  • Human Subjects (required for IRB)  – Typically must be updated every three years (Please note that students conducting research projects involving animal subjects will also be required to complete Animal (required for IACUC) training.)
  • 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 – Typically 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.)

  • Vector Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Full Course) - Medical students will receive notification to update every year (Note:  Effective 7/01/2023, the Vector course will replace the CITI course Faculty, Administrators and Students - IPS/HIPAA.)

Learn More

Getting Started with CITI Training   

Required Research Compliance Information 

Medical Students are required to obtain research compliance 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

Medical 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 or protected health information (PHI) and have been reviewed by the research site (if conducting research outside of an Ohio University campus) IRB/IACUC. 

Medical Students Participating in Human Subjects Research at OhioHealth: 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