Handbook for Research
Section V: Research Training and Supervision
The term "trainee" will refer here to any beginner in research. Whether or not these individuals have had prior laboratory experience, their proficiency in the proper conduct of research should not be taken for granted. It is important to remember, for example, that many M.D.s and beginning students have had little or no prior training. All new recruits should receive detailed instruction in institutional standards for the ethical conduct of biomedical research. Their activities should then be closely monitored to allow early detection of possible problems. The methods of training and supervision necessarily vary with the nature of the discipline and field of investigation. However, good research practices are generally fostered by mentors who have frequent contact with their trainees and create an atmosphere that encourages open discussion and healthy scientific skepticism.
- Informal Training
- Formal Training
- Supervision by Department Chair/Center Director and Principal Investigator