Ph.D. Degree - RCR Requirement
Since Summer/Fall 2003, ALL matriculating Ph.D. students at Duke University are required to complete 12 or 18 contact hours in RCR training specified below by disciplinary area.
To fulfill this RCR training requirement, each Ph.D. student must attend ONE of three Fall RCR Orientations (GS710 or GS710A see below). Beyond the RCR Orientation, each student must fulfill the remaining 6 hours of training by attending general Graduate School RCR Forum events (GS711), or Departmental RCR Forum events (GS712). The GS711 and GS712 RCR Forum events are generally 2 hours, so students may need to attend at least three (3) RCR Forums (GS711 or GS712).
Note: The Basic Medical Science students who attend the Beaufort Retreat (GS710A) will be required to attend a mandatory, follow-up RCR training day between Year 3-4 of their program. Details will be announced on our website and communicated by departments in the School of Medicine. It will count as GS713 (beginning in summer 2013).
|Basic Medical Science Track||18 hours total|
|RCR Orientation - Beaufort Retreat
Graduate School or Dept. RCR Forums
NOTE: New RCR Training Course for Basic Medical Science PhDs after Year Three
For Basic Medical Science students, the Graduate School and School of Medicine will begin to offer a new, mandatory follow-up RCR Course (GS713) that each Ph.D. student must complete following their third year of Ph.D. studies. This will begin in Summer 2013 as an option, and in Summer 2014 as a requirement of those who began the Ph.D. program and attended the Beaufort Retreat in Fall 2011.
Click HERE for a Memo and description regarding the new RCR course for Basic Medical Science Ph.D. students who began in Fall 2011.
|Natural Science and Engineering Track||12 hours total|
|Humanities and Social Science Track||12 hours total|
NOTE: Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students (combined M.D./Ph.D. degree) who began their Ph.D program on or after Summer 2003 must complete the 18 hour requirement of basic medical science students to include GS710A: Beaufort Retreat, and additional RCR Forums or training as noted.