United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

For Investigators: Training Opportunities and Requirements

Institutional Review Board (IRB):

VA-required annual training for all persons involved in human subjects research.

Training is required for all individuals who will be involved in research pertaining to human subjects. Any new staff in a study must obtain the required training before initiating any study activities. Training involves completion of the Miami CITI course (by clicking this link, you will leave the VA web domain and go to the domain of MUSC) plus the Good Clinical Practices course.  Please note:  to have access to the VA training modules, you must register on the CITI website as a member of the local VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC-534).  In the event of questions about accessing the training website, please contact VA Research Compliance Auditor,

Shelley Coleman (789-6769).

Upon completion of ALL VA required training, submit the certificate to Shelley Coleman in the VA Research Office, STB - Room 150.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee:

  VA-required training for all persons involved in animal research.  Complete all modules that apply to the animal research for which you have IACUC approval.  Instructions for accessing the training are linked. 


Security Awareness Training:

All persons working in VA research space must review the information in the  attached file and return the signed acknowledgement that training has been completed to Teresa Gardner in the VA Research Office, STB - Room 148.

Shipping Hazardous & Infectious Agents:

All individuals who will be shipping hazardous materials must complete training.  Training is available through the Mayo Clinic:


TMS Training

VA Privacy Awareness - Information Security Training, Privacy HIPPA and Ethics Training


VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness Course 

M. Rita I. Young, Ph.D.
Associate Chief of Staff for Research
E-mail:  rita.young@va.gov
Phone: (843) 789-6707;  Fax: (843) 876-5384
Research Service
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC  29401