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Scientific Culture and Accountability

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has as a mission of excellence in basic, clinical and epidemiologic women’s health research. These research initiatives are intradepartmental and inter-departmental; involve centers and institutes and other Duke schools such as Engineering. As such, the department is committed to ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to reflect the highest professional conduct and to promote a culture in which scientific results are critically reviewed and accountability for data integrity is clearly delineated. Departmental policies are intended to create a culture for science that allows for concerns about data integrity to be raised without hesitation and provide mechanisms by which these concerns can be addressed fairly and expeditiously.

To accomplish this mission the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognized that all parties must actively participate and that faculty in particular the principle investigators must take ownership, be accountable, and must effectively communicate this mission to mentees, fellows, residents, students and laboratory personnel engaged in research.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognizes four guiding principles for the conduct of research that must be applied across the department regardless of the nature of the research.

  1. Foster an environment where scientific integrity is the highest priority.
  2. Emphasize high-quality, reproducible data and results.
  3. Value constructive critiques of research.
  4. Allow open discussion of any concerns regarding research conduct or integrity.