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Research Integrity and Survival Skills


Success in a science career requires not only a profound knowledge in a specific discipline and practical laboratory experience, but also an understanding of ethical principles as well as a variety of skills such as the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, to learn and to teach, to secure employment, to manage time, and to behave responsibly.

In an attempt to help develop these skills, we have designed a course that includes a combination of lectures, discussions, readings, written exercises, panel presentations and practical experiences. The course has been modeled following a well-recognized program established by Dr. Michael Zigmond and Beth A. Fisher at the University of Pittsburg.

In addition, a one-day seminar, covering the nine instructional areas required by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the area of research integrity, has been designed to provide a Certification of Responsible Conduct of Research to faculty and graduate students conducting research at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus. This seminar is offered to RCMI investigators, as well as investigators from the Deanship of Biomedical Sciences, UPR School of Medicine, the Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) and the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC).

The overall goal of the Bioethics and Survival Skills in Research course is to provide graduate students and junior faculty with a set of tools that will allow them to become responsible skilled professionals and thus, secure a meaningful, well-paid job in the areas of science and technology.

The Course has been designed to the following specific aims:

1. Provide junior faculty and students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to have a successful scientific career

2. Apply project management techniques to career development planning, and

3. Encourage the importance of conducting ethical and responsible research.


Key Activity Director:

Emma Fernández Repollet, Ph.D.
RCMI Principal Investigator

Professor, Department of Pharmacology
UPR-Medical Sciences Campus



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