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Title Animal Research
Long Title Vanderbilt University "When is Advanced Training Necessary?"
Contributor/Contact Elizabeth Heitman, PhD
Contributor Details Elizabeth Heitman, PhD
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
CTSA Vanderbilt
Case Study Provided Quentin is a 4th year resident, spending a research year working in Dr. Elder's lab at Underfunded Private University College of Medicine (UPUCM). During a poster session at a professional meeting, he gets into a conversation with a post-doc from Progressive Medical University (PMU) about their experience with a particular rat model. Quentin is surprised to hear that the post-doc is concerned about preventing discomfort for the rats during a procedure that Quentin had always been told was painless. Additionally, the post-doc seems surprised when Quentin asks about a practice that is prohibited at PMU. After some discussion, Quentin confesses that although he has always had good procedural skills with his patients, he really doesn’t like working with rats. He learned some of his rat technique from Dr. Elder at the beginning of his program, but has had to teach himself several procedures as his research has progressed. Since he doesn’t know anyone else who uses these procedures, Quentin complains that he hasn't had anyone at UPUCM to ask for help. The post-doc expresses sympathy, but insists that Quentin needs to find someone to help him get his methods up to standard if he wants his project to work.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Variations in lab practices—legitimate and illegitimate variations
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics No publication practices and responsible authorship topics
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects


RCR Keyword Post-doc
Other RCR Keywords Animal Research, Research Procedures, Resident
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r2 - 02 Dec 2013 - 11:50:40 - MaryBanach
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