Working with the VA

Important Notice
To the principal investigator performing research at the VAMC:

Study Approval

While your study has been approved by the MUSC IRB, you may not begin work on your research study at the VAMC until you have received VAMC R&D Committee approval. All studies conducted at the VA must receive review and approval by the VA Research & Development Committee.

Informed Consent and HIPAA Forms Reminder.

Only the original stamped consent and HIPAA forms should be used to make copies for study enrollment.  You may not use any consent of HIPAA form that does not have the current IRB stamp of approval date on it.  If you have any questions concerning this procedure please call 792-4148.

Recruitment of Research Subjects by Phone

  • Investigators are required to ensure appropriate telephone contact with subjects.  This pertains to contacting the subject by telephone.  Research team members are prohibited from requesting social security numbers by telephone.
  • During the recruitment process, the investigator ensures that the research team makes initial contact with the prospective subject in person or by letter prior to initiating any telephone contact, unless there is written documentation that the subject is willing to be contacts by telephone about the study in question or a specific kind of research (e.g. if the prospective subject has diabetes, the subject may indicate a desire to be notified of any diabetes-related research studies).  The initial contact must provide a telephone number or other means that the prospective subject can use to verify the study constitutes VA research.
  • Investigators ensure that in later contact, the research team begins telephone calls to the subject by referring to previous contacts and, when applicable, the information provided in the consent document, and ensuring that the scope of telephone contacts with the subject is limited to topics outlined in IRB-approved protocols and consent documents.

Charleston VAMC Research Service

For further information contact:

Judy Stine
Judy.Stine@va.gov
843-789-6711

or

Richard Vermillion
Richard.Vermillion@va.gov
843-789-6710