FAQs

How can I incorporate the BMIC into my grant?

We will work with you to determine how much support you need and help calculate, so that you can incorporate that in your budget for grant application. If you already have a grant, we will work with you budget for our services.

Can anyone use the BMIC? 
Investigators must be pediatrics faculty members at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center or work under a pediatrics faculty member. If you have questions about this, please contact us, and we’ll be glad to discuss it.

When should I get the BMIC involved in my study?
As early as possible. We are adept at helping researchers avoid some common pitfalls in research design, and we can walk you through the process of designing your project for success from the start.

I only need one service. Can I use the BMIC for just that one service? 
One or many, the choice is yours.

Will the BMIC help with my pilot study?
Yes. We are great at helping with pilot studies to help determine how the full study should be designed and executed.

Pediatric Research Database

What can Pediatric Research Database (PRD) be used for?
The PRD is a good way to perform quick searches for basic results on cohorts. You can determine how many patients are in your cohort and see the demographic breakdown. You can compare multiple cohorts, if you wish. When you have narrowed down your cohort of interest and received your IRB approval, we can pull the detailed records for your cohort and save you time and effort.

Who is allowed access to PRD?
Department of Pediatrics faculty members at UTHSC or their employees. You will need a UT NetID to be granted access.

How do I obtain access to PRD?
You must have a UT NetID and PRD training. Please contact Cem Akkus at 901-287-6879 for further information.

Is PRD training available?
Yes, we require a short training session.

Do I need IRB approval to use the PRD or REDCap?
You do not need IRB approval to use the PRD. However, you will need IRB approval to access a related database with PHI in REDCap if you intend to distribute your findings via presentations or publications.

What range of datasets is available in the PRD?
The PRD contains data on ever inpatient, observation, ambulatory surgery and emergency encounter since 2009. Additionally, the PRD has all the basic coded clinical data and demographic data for these encounters.

REDCap

What is REDCap?
REDCap is database system that allows for protected and secure data storage for researchers. It is user friendly and has several provisions to protect PHI. It can easily export data into formats for use in major statistical programs.

Is REDCap training available?
Yes. we offer REDCap training; please contact Manasa Mallampaty at 901-287-6856 to schedule an appointment. You can also access informational videos on the REDCap website.