Each new postdoctoral trainee is required to complete training sessions and exams in the first months of the appointment. You will be periodically reminded by Broadcast emails about some of the scheduled training sessions. Some training and testing is held online and to complete it you will have to visit the corresponding web page. Determine the training you need so that you will be compliant with Federal, State, City and Institutional regulations. Please step through each of the headings below to find out about compliance requirements or download the regulatory compliance checklist.
Please click on each heading below for more details.
- Requirements For All Postdoctoral Trainees
Obtain a health physical exam from Workforce Health & Safety. Human Resources should schedule this for you when you visit them on your first day. Contact: Workforce Health & Safety 212-746-4370
Complete a financial conflicts of interest and commitments survey on an annual basis. This is not urgent and you are likely to be reminded when it is due. Any Weill Cornell Medical College employee needing to complete the survey can request an electronic or paper copy of it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about completing the survey, please see the FAQs or contact email@example.com. More information can be found on the Conflicts Management Program website.
Complete the Tri-Institutional Responsible Conduct in Research training offered through the Office of Research Integrity -- choose "Educational Programs" from menu at left.
Attend either a Laboratory Safety training class (required on an annual basis under OSHA regulations for all laboratory workers including postdoctoral trainees) or a Clinical and General Safety training class (for clinicians who may be exposed to a blood-borne pathogen or hazardous chemical, but do not work in a lab) offered through the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) department.
A schedule of class dates and times can be found on the EHS Instructor-Led Training webpage.
In New York City, whenever a laboratory is in operation, a New York City Fire Department Certificate of Fitness for Supervising Chemical Laboratories (C-14) holder must be present. This is a Fire Department of New York requirement. Visit the EHS C-14 webpage for information on obtaining a C-14.
If you work in a laboratory that uses or stores cryogenic liquids, you are required to obtain a Cryogenic Liquids Certificate of Fitness (C-97). C-97 training is part of a New York City Fire Department certification process for the storage and handling of cryogenic liquids. This training is offered upon request. To schedule training, contact EHS.
Fulfill HIPAA Security Training requirements. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule is the first comprehensive Federal protection for the privacy of personal health information. All trainees should fulfill these requirements.
Complete online Research Compliance Training.
Necessary if applying for grants or fellowships. This module is intended to address both institutional and statutory requirements that arise in the grant application process. All research faculty and staff must complete this module in order to be certified. The Office of Research Compliance will receive updates for this module and will develop new modules in light of the changing nature of research compliance. All modules will be monitored to identify those individuals who have completed each module via receipt of certification. All modules will be web-based and accessible by using your CWID. Meet with your Faculty Advisor to discuss the details or your project and determine the need for additional training not listed below (e.g. laser safety) and/or specialized Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. respirators).
Update your information in myProfile. This service allows you to update your personal and professional information, including your name and contact information, so that tax forms (e.g. W2) will be sent to the correct address and other Weill Cornell Medical College employees can contact you. It also shows outstanding certifications that require training and allows you to download PDF certificates proving completion of training. Additionally, it provides information to the Research and Sponsored Programs office for the creation of an Electronic Routing Form (ERF), which is required if you plan to submit a grant application.
- Requirements For Trainees Performing Specific Research
Working with Biohazards
All personnel working with acutely toxic substances or Pathogenic microbial agents must have pre-placement medical evaluations in the Workforce Health & Safety Office.
Your Faculty Advisor must inform the Institutional Biosafety Committee of your addition to the approved protocol.
You must obtain the appropriate approval and training for access to Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) Facilities and to work with BSL-3 agents. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for more information.
Working with Radioactive Materials
You must complete the Radiation Safety Certificate Course; visit the Office of Health Physics website for the training schedule and additional information. Scheduled training sessions are also announced through the Broadcasts.
Performing Human Subjects Research
Your Faculty Advisor must add you to their Internal Review Board (IRB)-approved Human Subjects Protocol.
If your project is funded through NIH, you must complete the Course in The Protection of Human Research Subjects. Information about this course can be found on the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website and on the Weill Cornell Medical College Office of Research Integrity website.
Please visit the IRB website for additional information about performing Human Subjects research at Weill Cornell Medical College .
Please visit the above web site for information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and visit the following site to find out about HIPAA testing.
Performing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Your Faculty Advisor must notify the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) of your addition to the protocol.
You must complete the mandatory training module on HESC/Covered hPS Research Operating Procedures. More information and downloadable forms can be found on the Tri-Institutional Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research website and the Weill Cornell Medical College Research Integrity website.
Performing Laboratory Animal Research
All animal work conducted in live vertebrate animals must be covered under a Weill Cornell Medical College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocol, and your Faculty Advisor must add you to this protocol.
If you conduct live vertebrate animal work, you must fulfill the requirements of the Workforce Health & Safety Program.
You must attend the Research Animal Resource Center (RARC) New Investigator Orientation, and other training may be needed based on the protocol. See the RARC website for additional information, and discuss your research with a RARC staff member to determine the requirements for your specific project.
- Requirements For Trainees Teaching Medical Students
Some of you may teach medical students at some point during your stay here and it is important that you familiarize yourself with the Medical College's "Educational Objectives of the Program of Medical Education Leading to the MD Degree." These can be found at the following URL (in addition to being posted on the Weill Cornell Medical College's curriculum page) found by clicking on "Medical Education" in the main page.
If you teach in a specific course in the Medical College, you should also familiarize yourself with the course's specific learning objectives. These can be found by logging into the Weill Cornell Medical College main page, then clicking on "medical education", then "curriculum." On the curriculum page on the left, you can click on the specific course, e.g., Molecules, Genes and Cells. Once in the course page, the learning objectives can be clicked on in the upper right: "Course Learning Objectives".
All teachers of medical students, be they full-time or part-time faculty, voluntary staff, graduate teaching assistants or postdoctoral trainees are expected to be familiar with these objectives.