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Grants and Contracts

June 3, 2009
“Ethics and Community Engagement in Mental Health Research”
Year 2 of the Conference Series, Best Practices in Mental Health Research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Busch Student Center Room 170

October, 9 2009
The Distinguished Lecturer Series
Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine
"Taking Professional Conscience Seriously"
Noon, School of Law Court Room

November 6, 2009
Bander Endowed Lecture
William Sage, MD, JD
"Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medicine: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Might Be Headed"
7:30 AM. Medical Center
Campus, Learning Resource Center Auditorium


Grants and Contracts: Responsible Conduct of Research Instructional Assessment Program

The project, awarded to James DuBois and now nearing completion, began by using a 3-round Delphi survey process with over 40 responsible conduct of research (RCR) experts to validate content areas and objectives for the test bank. Over 370 items have been developed using traditional multiple-choice and pick-2 items based on vignettes. Dr. Michael Mumford of the University of Oklahoma was a collaborator on the project, in charge of vignette items, and Holly Phernetton, a PhD student in at Saint Louis University, has served as the primary research assistant in charge of multiple-choice item development. Pilot testing for the new items through the most widely used RCR program, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (better known as CITI), will begin soon. It is expected that ORI will make the resulting test bank available to selected RCR programs by 2010.

“I think this project will help the field of RCR to advance," says DuBois. "In education, we assess what we believe is important. The test bank can be used to assess outcomes for both individuals and educational programs. More importantly the test items assess not just rote knowledge, but higher-order skills related to ethical decision-making.”

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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