Updating Personnel Experience

Although IACUC compliance and occupational health training completed by individuals at Penn State is entered in CATS IACUC by IACUC program staff, all protocol team members must provide a summary of their animal experience in CATS IACUC. Training and experience information then appear on every protocol on which the team member is listed and is used during IACUC review to determine if personnel are qualified to conduct the procedures they are performing on various protocols.

This article provides instructions on how to enter experience and provides an example of experience summary that has adequate detail for IACUC reviewers. If you are unsure about what to enter for experience, consult with the Principal Investigator(s) of the project(s) on which you are working. Principal Investigator(s) may also provide this verbiage to protocol team members directly when requesting them to add their experience in CATS IACUC.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Log in to CATS IACUC https://iacuc.psu.edu using your Penn State WebAccess User ID and password. If you are not able to log in with your user ID and password, please email iacucadmin@psu.edu to verify that your profile has been set up correctly.
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  2. When you enter the system, you will be in My Inbox, which can also be navigated to using the My Inbox link in the dark blue CATS IACUC banner at the upper right corner of the screen.
     
  3. In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you will see your name. Click on your name and then select My Profile.
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  4. You will now be on the page for your “Profile”. Click Edit Details in the left sidebar Next Steps menu.
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  5. Scroll to the bottom of the "Edit Details” view. You will see a list of your completed IACUC training as well as a box labeled Experience.  Enter your relevant training and experience in the Experience box. When you are finished, click the OK button in the lower right hand corner.
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    Tips and Notes:

    • This experience will stay with your profile and will need to be updated as your training progresses.
    • Use terminology like “experience since 2015” instead of “for the last 2 years."
    • This training and experience will populate on every protocol you are added to. Make sure your experience is not protocol-specific but rather covers all your experience and training for all applicable species and procedures.

Here is an example of experience with adequate detail:

Linda is a PhD student in [department]. She has been doing genetic work using the [specific] tissue samples of animals from PI A’s lab and is now participating in behavioral collection and tissue harvesting. Linda has been trained in rodent handling in PI A’s Lab by Ann Clark and has assisted in decapitations and tissue harvest. Moving forward her duties may include assisting in catheter surgeries, running behavioral studies, catheter maintenance, assisting in stereotaxic surgery and injections, live decapitations, and tissue dissections. Linda will receive extensive training in all of these procedures from members of PI A and PI B’s Labs (list members’ names who will train). She will be mentored by Dr. A and Dr. B, and overseen by experienced members of Dr. A’s laboratory.

   6. Your entered experience will now appear in the Properties tab of your profile (scroll to the bottom to view if desired).

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   7. Click on the My Inbox tab in the top navigator bar to return to your Inbox or click on your name in the upper right of the screen again (see Step 3) and select Logoff to exit CATS IACUC.
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