Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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IRB and Human Subjects Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides compliance information and oversight of human subjects research to students, faculty, and staff as regulated by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

The IRB carries out a number of functions including:

  • Oversight for the protection of human subjects in research
  • Maintaining institutional compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Providing training on the ethical conduct of research, biosafety, and HIPAA laws
  • Providing an IRB Compliance Administrator who assists with applications, forms, and other information, as needed by investigators for submitting research proposals to the IRB for the review and approval pocess
  • Maintaining records of IRB reviews and approvals, tracking of progress reports, renewal requests, and modifications of approved studies


IRB Steps to Take Before Conducting Human Subjects Research (PDF)

IRB Review FAQs (PDF)

IRB Research Compliance and Quality Assurance Information (PDF)

IRB Bylaws and SOPs (PDF)

IRB Levels of Research Review (Exempt, Expedited, or Full Board) (PDF)

IRB Member Roster (PDF)


To request application forms for an IRB review, please email the IRB Compliance Administrator at or by calling (720) 874-2481.