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The Research Clinic
The Research Clinic


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 participants 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.

System Requirements:

  • Get Adobe Flash Player
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari

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

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

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

Megan Boyle, a research assistant who has difficulties obtaining informed consent and following research protocols; and

Marcy Rosenberg, an IRB Chair

Dr. Marcy Rosenberg, IRB Chair, who is tasked with ensuring that research participants and the integrity of the research enterprise are protected while dealing with a culture resistant to change.




Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

Please provide this Training on a CD/DVD. We have a medium speed DSL line, but the access is much too slow.

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

Can we copy the video to disc?

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

The right move in each instance appears obvious and over simplifys the process of informed consent.  In most instances self-service is in the forefront although other intents are mentioned as being in play.

Dr. Blackwell

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

This looks like it might be a great tool, but about half of the "choices" don't lead to working videos. It's very frustrating and I'd love to know a solution. I've talked to my IT support and they have diagnosed my system -- it's not me, so it might be the videos??

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on
I like the video. Will this have iPad or iPhone compatibility at some point?

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

I like the video!

I think as me, many people in Latin American could use this great tool; unfortunately (it is my case) I need Spanish or English subtitles. The Lab is fantastic! Is it posible to place close caption to GCP´s video?

Thanks so much..!

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

All I can view is the trailer when I select full video.  How do I access the entire video?

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

Can I get a copy of the video. I think it will be helpfull to train my research students. 

Submitted by admin on

DVDs of The Research Clinic are not currently available.  We are working on the logistics of making DVDs available.

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on

I am enjoying the video. Staff with some research certifications could use this course for continuing education credit, if we could provide proof of participation. We don't need a formal CEU certificate, just a record that they participated. Is there a participation certificate or completion certificate available? Thank you


Submitted by admin on

Unfortunately, ORI does not track individual usage of The Research Clinic and do not offer completion certificates.