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Medical staff needed for Research Ethics Boards

Island Health’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are seeking medical staff members to participate in the ethical review of human research. This includes physicians, specialists, midwives and nurse practitioners. The REBs are looking for medical staff with a passion for research and ethics to fill vacancies on their boards and would appreciate your consideration.  

There are two REBs at Island Health, the Clinical REB (CREB) and the Health REB (HREB). The CREB is responsible for the review and approval of clinical studies being conducted at or involving Island Health. These studies range from sponsored clinical drug and device trials to studies using clinical information to change practice. The HREB reviews behavioural or social sciences’ research that may involve the study of patients or health-care providers.

Research Ethics Boards, comprised of researchers, community members and others with expertise, are established by an institution to review the ethical acceptability of all research involving humans conducted within the institution’s jurisdiction or under its auspices. The ethical review process is required of research with human participants in Canada to meet the obligations of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans. As an REB member, medical staff will contribute to the integrity and participant-centered approach of the research endeavor through the integral function of an ethical review.

If you are interested in joining an REB, please note the following:

  1. Meetings are once a month for two hours, the CREB’s 2019 schedule is available here.
  2. A small stipend is provided.
  3. Participation in the CREB qualifies for 15 RCPSC MOC credits per year under Section 2 Peer Review if you are a specialist. Family Physicians can claim MainPro M1 credits in the Contributions to Medical Community section (under Committee participation).
  4. Files are reviewed electronically through web-based systems prior to each meeting.
  5. Between one and four research ethics applications are addressed each meeting.
  6. Up to two ‘delegated’ reviews may occur between meetings.
  7. REB members are provided complete training and mentorship in research ethics policies, guidelines and regulations.
  8. Administrative support from the Research Ethics office team is provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact E. Sarah Bennett, the manager of Research Ethics and Compliance, at 250.519.6706 (elizabeth.bennett@viha.ca).