April 1, 2014

The Research Clinic: a new interactive training video created by ORI and OHRP

"The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) present The Research Clinic. The interactive training video educates clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research subjects and avoiding research misconduct. The Research Clinic allows the viewer to assume the role of one of four characters and determines the outcome of the storyline by selecting decision-making choices for each 'playable' character.

The Characters

"In this simulation, you get to become a principal investigator, a clinical research coordinator, a research assistant, and an institutional review board (IRB) chair and make decisions that affects the outcome of the story.


  • Dr. Richard Sowers, a principal investigator (PI), a busy oncologist who must strike a balance between doing what he thinks is best for his patients and his research;
  • Jan Klein, RN, a clinical research coordinator, an overworked nurse who works for a PI who pressures her to falsify data and violate study protocols;
  • Megan Boyle, a research assistant who has difficulties obtaining informed consent and following research protocols; and
  • Marcy Rosenberg, an IRB Chair, who is tasked with ensuring that research subjects and the integrity of the research enterprise are protected while dealing with a culture resistant to change."

This training tool can be found at http://ori.hhs.gov/TheResearchClinic. The press release is located at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/03/20140331a.html.