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Institutional Review Board


Institutional Review Board  |  IRB00001355

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has a proud tradition of leadership in healthcare development and delivery in northeastern Pennsylvania. As part of our commitment to excellence, The Wright Center has provided an Institutional Review Board which has served the patients and medical researchers of our area since 1992.

The mission of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Institutional Review Board (WCGME–IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research. We promote ethical research to ensure that the risks of scientific advancement never outweigh the value of human life.

Required Training

CITI training must be completed by all researchers prior to submitting a study to the IRB.

Click here for a how-to document for completing CITI training

Federal Guidelines

Please review the following federal guidelines regarding research:


Area of Concern


Mark V. White


The Commonwealth Medical College and Chair, WCGME-IRB

Michael M. Costello, JD


Consultant, Moses Taylor Health Care System

Nanci Dobson, RN, CWCA, CCRP


Clinical Research Coordinator, Wound Institute & Research Center

Martin Hyzinski, MD


Scranton Hematology-Oncology

Dana Manning, PharmD, RD, LDN


Associate Professor, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University

Fred R. Leri, PharmD


Pharmacist, Geisinger Community Medical Center

Vee Pauli, RD, LDN, CCRP


Regional Hospital of Scranton, Retired

Paula Roe-Prior, PhD, RN


Statistical and Nursing Education Consultant

Mushfyq Tarafder, PhD, MPH, MBBS


The Commonwealth Medical College

Daniel J. West, PhD


Chair, Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, University of Scranton

Margarete Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN


The University of Scranton, Department of Nursing

Sr. Susan Hadzima, IHM


Catherine McAuley House

Meeting DateMaterials Due By
23 January 20209 January 2020
27 February 202013 February 2020
26 March 202012 March 2020
23 April 20209 April 2020
28 May 202014 May 2020
25 June 202011 June 2020
July 2020 Recess-
27 August 202013 August 2020
24 September 202010 September 2020
22 October 20208 October 2020
19 November 20205 November 2020
December 2020 Recess-
All Case Reports, Quality Improvement (QI)/Quality Assurance (QA)/Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Projects, and Research Protocols must be submitted to the IRB office. IRB Administration will make a determination on whether IRB approval is required, or if the project may be exempt from IRB review.


Researchers are responsible for:
  • Protecting the rights and welfare of prospective subjects: Protecting Human Research Participants NIH Office of Extramural Research
  • Ensuring that pertinent laws, regulations, and institution procedures and guidelines are observed by participating investigators
  • Obtaining informed consent and ensuring that no human subject is involved in the research prior to obtaining their consent
  • Ensuring that all research involving human subjects receives IRB review and approval before commencement of the research
  • Complying with all IRB decisions, conditions, and requirements
  • Ensuring that protocols receive timely continuing IRB review and approval
  • Reporting unexpected or serious adverse events to the IRB
  • Obtaining IRB review and approval before changes are made to approved protocols or consent forms
  • Seeking IRB assistance when in doubt about whether proposed research requires IRB
  • Assure that research is performed in compliance with Federal Good Clinical Practice Consolidated Guidelines


Required Materials

  • New Protocol Submission Form(Available in IRBNet Forms and Templates Library under "Researcher Forms"
  • Complete copies of the protocol or COPC/QI proposal
  • Informed consent if applicable (or request for waiver of consent)
  • Any materials that are meant for the public (recruitment/advertising)
  • Any materials for participants (instructions, survey instruments, etc.)

Informed Consent

  • Consent template and regulatory guidelines available in IRBNet Forms and Templates Library under "Research Forms"

Investigator’s Guide

  • WCGME-IRB Investigator Guide (Pending)

Research Protocol Development Templates

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