General Information and Policies

2019 registration is over, to correct your attendance records, complete the:

BRI Attendance Update Form


DIscussion Group Locations: 

  • University of Washington Health Sciences Building, A204, Department of Bioethics and Humanities -- map
  • South Lake Union Building C, Rooms C123 A or B -- map 

Ethical Decision-Making:

It should be noted that ethical decision-making is a process rather than a specific correct answer. In this sense, unethical behavior is defined by a failure to engage in the process of ethical decision-making. It is always unacceptable to have made no reasonable attempt to define a consistent and defensible basis for conduct.*

* NIH Office of Intramural Research

Discussion groups are offered at both the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Space in discussion groups is limited; priority at the UW is given to School of Medicine trainees. Fred Hutch-based trainees will be given priority when registering for discussion groups offered at that site.

Discussion groups are linked to lectures for registration purposes. You must be registered for a discussion group in oter to attend, so will need to register for a lecture in order to sign-up for a group. You may choose where to attend the lecture: UW, Fred Hutch, video, or not at all. 

For those affiliated with Fred Hutch who wish to attend a discussion group there, dates and times for groups will be posted on the Fred Hutch Web site. For more information contact Lee Strucker, 206-667-1247 or at If you are a UW trainee planning to attend a Fred Hutch discussion group, you must first secure a place with the Hutch before registering online for the UW Program.

All discussion groups are 60-minutes in length and accommodate 10-12 people. All discussion groups held at the UW are from 9:30-10:30am, 11am-noon, 2:30-3:30pm or 4-5pm. Group times at SLU vary. The sign-up schedule and your reminder notices will provide the correct time of your group.

To register, gather together the required information (UW NetID, PI's UW NetID or email, grant  or department name and specific requirements for your grant or department), and then go to the (MyBRI or Current Lectures)  and complete the online form. You will need your UW NetID in order to register.

Discussion Group Guidelines:

Group discussions are designed  as not necessarily to provide answers, rather to provide you with useful tools.

Please read this page in its entirety as it contains important information.

  • A web link for materials for the discussion group are sent in an email to registered participants approximately one week prior to the group. 
  • Please review the questions and articles prior to the group discussion. You may also click Discussion group participant guides, readings, map, and instructions to get the materials (UWNetID required).
    ***IF YOU ARE WAIT LISTED, PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE GROUP. We normally have no-shows and have been able to accommodate everyone in the past.

Please Note:

  1. You will receive credit only for attending the discussion group(s) for which you have pre-registered. Please check the lists posted on the doors to make sure you are in the right room. DO NOT just show up at a discussion room without registering.
  2. Groups usually fill quickly.
  3. It is important that you attend the discussion group in your assigned room. Attendee names are posted outside each door – make sure you sign-in at the correct room.
  4. If you do not attend the your assigned group..
    Discussion group registration locks 72 hours prior to your group. After it locks, you must request rescheduling by emailing  DO NOT attempt to reschedule yourself by deleting any part of your registration. If you delete a missed group to sign up for another, it will remove previously credited attendance. If you fail to show up, we send an email to you and your PI/department. Our group facilitators volunteer their time and no-shows affect the group dynamic.
  5. Please be on time for the discussion group. No admittance more than 10 minutes after the group starts. If you cannot stay for the entire hour, consider rescheduling to a date when you can commit to the full hour.
  6. Please be prepared for discussion. A web link for your questions to think about and reading materials will be sent to you by the registration program one week prior to group. Please follow the link and read the materials.
  7. Discussion group conversations are CONFIDENTIAL.

Wait Lists:

If you are wait-listed, please plan to attend the group. We often have no-shows and have been able to accommodate everyone in the past.

No Show: 

Our discussion groups are small by design. No-shows negatively affect the small group dynamic. BRI no-show limit is 2. If you have 2 no-shows, we will not be able to offer rescheduling. We will be happy to share resources with your Program Director/PI so they may provide you the necessary RCR training. You are also encouraged to participate the following year.