REWards - Research Ethics Workshops about responsibilities and duties of scientists

Presented by
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Office of Continuing Medical Education




Thomas B. Turner Building
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

The Turner Building is located on Rutland Avenue at Monument Street. Directions and campus parking information are available on our website under the contact and travel section at Handicapped parking is available in the nearby Rutland Garage. Johns Hopkins is smoke-free.

Please click on 8 digit number below to be taken to the registration page for that specific date.
  • 80063228 -- January 22, 2024 (Zoom)
  • -- March 13, 2024 (Zoom)
  • -- June 24, 2024 (Zoom)
  • -- September 30, 2024 (TBA)
  • -- November 18, 2024 (Zoom)

You can register directly on CloudCME by clicking on the link for the date you would like to register for. If you'd prefer to register using the registration form please click on the registration form. You can also register by phone. To return the form, you can fax or email the form. That information can be found at the top of the registration form.

Registration will be open 30-60 days prior to the activity date.

Course Description

The Johns Hopkins University is deeply committed to the protection of human research subjects. This commitment begins with comprehensive compulsory education and training of its faculty, student and staff researchers who conduct human subjects research. The course Research Ethics Workshops about responsibilities and duties of scientists (REWards) is designed to address key concepts in human subjects protection in specific research communities. REWards combines lectures and small group discussions to provide practical information on the ethical issues involved in research protocol development and implementation. The predecessor course to REWards was the Course on Research Ethics (C.O.R.E.).

Course Objectives

Following this program, the participant should demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize aspects of study design that can be ethically problematic including subject selection, research-related risks, conflicts of interest, and use of vulnerable populations.
  • Describe the key concepts in informed consent including respect for autonomy, voluntariness, decision-making capacity, disclosure of information, and understanding.
  • Recognize the key concepts in the responsible conduct of research, including data acquisition and management, mentor/trainee responsibilities, publication practices and authorship standards, conflicts of interest and commitment, and scientific misconduct.


Please complete a registration form, which is available for download on this website. Click on the link that is associated with the date of the activity that you would like to attend and you will be given the opportunity to download the registration form, which will then need to be completed and faxed to the CME office.

See below for further details.

Investigators should note that there are two sets of requirements that they may need to fulfill in order to conduct research:

  • Human Subjects Research (HSR) training for the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • The School of Medicine Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program
Training requirements for the IRB can be found at:

For more information regarding the School of Medicine RCR Program, please contact the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), Division of Research Integrity at or visit the RCR Program.

REWards is principally designed to help investigators fulfill their training in the protection of human subjects research. Requirements vary based on whether the learner is a student, trainee, fellow, staff member, co-investigator, or principal investigator; what kind of grant support the learner has; and whether the learner is completing initial certification or recertification. Additionally, by attending specific REWards workshops, investigators have the opportunity to work toward completing the School of Medicine RCR Program requirements.

Criteria for completing HSR/IRB training requirements:

  1. New Principal Investigators(PIs) must complete their requirement to attend REWards within one year from the date of their first eIRB protocol submission as a PI. They must attend 2 workshops to fulfill their training requirement (one on Human Subjects Research and one on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)). Note that some, but not all, of the RCR workshops also count toward the School of Medicine RCR Program requirements.
  2. Fellows must complete their requirement to attend REWards by the end of their fellowship, although it is recommended that they attend REWards before or soon after starting their research. They must attend 2 workshops to fulfill their training requirement (one on Human Subjects Research and one on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)). It is suggested that fellows attend one introductory workshop on human subjects protection, the workshop on The Francis Collins video, and the two RCR workshops offered by the OPC. Note that some, but not all, of the RCR workshops also count toward the School of Medicine RCR Program requirements.
  3. Principal investigators Needing Recertificationhave must complete online modules through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) and one in-person course. PIs who conduct human subjects research must recertify every three years. Information on PI recertification can be found at: A variety of in-person learning activities are available to investigators to fulfill their in-person requirement including workshops, conferences, and courses.  Any REWards workshop counts toward the in-person course requirement for PI recertification. PI’s needing recertification can choose any workshop they wish.
Co-investigators, research coordinators, and other members of the research team are not required to take REWards but are welcome to attend workshops. In addition to registering with CME, they should also enroll in workshops through myLearning at

Criteria for completing the School of Medicine RCR Program:
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has established a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program designed to educate all faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and staff engaged in research at JHU SOM on topics related to research integrity. Researchers must complete each component of the RCR Program every four years. The three required components of the RCR Program are:

  1. Complete the online RCR CITI Course. The online course, developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), is comprised of seven modules.  Completion of all modules is required.
  2. The Research Integrity Colloquia: In this series, JHU SOM faculty discuss their perspectives on approaching and conducting research with integrity.  Interactive presentations covering a broad spectrum of RCR topics are held over the course of the academic year.

  3. Attend one Department/Division Meeting where an RCR topic is discussed. One meeting per year should be dedicated to the discussion of a RCR topic. Contact your Department/Division administrator regarding the scheduling of these meetings or the Division of Research Integrity for more information on the resources available to fulfill this requirement.

    Note: Only the Data Management, Authorship Guidelines, and Conflicts of Interest workshops (offered by the OPC) will be considered as substitutes for the Research Integrity Colloquia requirement. Attendance at these workshops will be monitored and verified by OPC staff.

To learn more about the RCR Program, please visit the RCR Program website or contact the Office of Policy Coordination, Division of Research Integrity.

Please note:

If you are a paid Johns Hopkins employee, you will need to provide your HOPKINS ID #. You must provide your Hopkins ID #so that you can be located in the my Learning management system, which will record all of your educational training courses. This is also how the IRB receives data that you have taken and completed REWards.

To locate your Hopkins ID Number:
  • Go to:
  • Click "Login" and login with your JHED ID and Password
  • Enter their lastname, firstname in the People Search box and click go
  • Supply the 6 digit Hopkins ID on the registration form

Hopkins employees and students should bring their ID badges to the REWards course, so that their attendance can be tracked via the card swipe system that interfaces with myLearning.



8:30 – 9:00    Registration and Refreshment Break
9:00 – 10:30   Workshop #1
10:30 – 10:45  Registration and Refreshment Break
10:45 – 12:15  Workshop #2
12:15 – 1:00   Registration, Refreshment Break, and Lunch on Own
1:00 – 2:30    Workshop #3
2:30 – 2:45    Registration and Refreshment Break
2:45 – 4:15    Workshop #4

Course participants can register for any number of workshops in the day up  to 4

REGISTRATION CUT-OFF DATE: Six calendar days prior to activity

Methods of Payment: Payment by check, credit card, tuition remission, or departmental budget number must accompany the registration form prior to the activity. Foreign payments must be by credit card or with a U.S. Dollar World Money Order. The registration fee includes instructional materials, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks.

Registration Fees:
Faculty and Staff..............................................$50.00 per workshop x up to 4

If you have questions concerning the REWards course, please contact:

Rhonda J. Myers
Conference Coordinator
Office of Continuing Medical Education

Mark T. Hughes, MD, MA
Course Director
Phone: 410-955-1733

If you have questions about human subjects research compliance training requirements, please contact the IRB at:

East Baltimore Campus (Central Office)
1620 McElderry St., Reed Hall - B130, Baltimore, MD 21205-1911

Bayview Medical Center Campus- JHAAC 1B39
5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle

Phone:    410-955-3008

If you have questions about the RCR training program, please contact:

Division of Research Integrity
Office of Policy Coordination
750 East Pratt Street, 14th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-361-8667