Department of medicine

VA Clearance Paperwork

Dear Medical Student

Welcome to the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center (RHJ VAMC) and congratulations on your selection into your training program.  Our mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.  Our Vision focuses on being a patient-centered integrated health care organization by providing excellent health care, research, and education to its recipients.

The Department of Veteran Affairs requires you to provide and complete a few items which are outlined below.  These elements must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of your VA rotation.  The forms, prerequisites and instructions can be found at our website http://www.charleston.va.gov/Welcome_Residents_and_Students.asp; Resident/Student Information, then follow the instructions.

1.       FINGERPRINTING: 

·         You must be fingerprinted between March 10, 2014 and May 5, 2014. Fingerprinting is conducted by our Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Office in room B251 on the second floor. They are open Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm, with the exception of Federal Holidays. Note: two forms of ID (Driver's License and Social Security Card or school ID) are recommended and are needed at the time of fingerprinting. In addition to being fingerprinted, you may also be photographed (neck up shot) for your VA ID badge(s).

2.       TRAINING/FORMS/OTHER  ITEMS:

Complete PIV Information Form.  

Complete VHA Mandatory Training for Trainees  (Follow the TMS instructions available on the web site)

Complete VA10-2850D, Application for Health Professions Trainees

Complete Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment

Complete Standard Form 61, Appointment Affidavit

Complete  Employee Code of Conduct

Complete Infection Control Test (Review Ralph H. Johnson Infection Control procedures located at paragraph 4 of the above website)

Provide a copy of your last PPD  (must be current within the last 12 months)

Provide a copy of your Basic Life Support card

Provide a copy of your Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) card

Note:  ACLS card are only required for those who are expected to deliver moderate “conscious” sedation during the course of their clinical rotations.

3.       COMPUTER TRAINING:

  • Mandatory computer training classes are held during your orientation session.  These classes are established to facilitate your knowledge, skills to input notes, order entry, procedures, and review diagnostics within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Computer Patient Record System (CPRS). 
  • Review the Computerized Patient Record System Training module

4.       SUBMISSION OF ITEMS:  Forward all items to Theresa Morgan, Affiliations Coordinator, Suite CC201, 109 Bee St, Charleston, SC 29401 or theresa.morgan@va.gov or by fax to 478-274-5876.  You can also drop these forms off after you are fingerprinted (room CC201, 2nd floor, follow the signs to the Learning Resource Center).

 If you experience any difficulties or have questions, please feel free to contact VA Education Service at 843-789-7642 or email theresa.morgan@va.gov.   We look forward to working with you and enriching your clinical experiences.

JOSEPH F. JOHN, JR., MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Education

VA Remote Login:

Once you have received clearance to the VA and a computer password you must log on to a VA Computer every 90
days or you will lose access.   Use this link to stay current in the VA system.

Once you click on the link it will bring you to a screen that says "Windows Remote Desktop Web Connect".  A pop up box will appear asking if you trust the computer you are connecting to - answer yes.  This click on the Connect button WITHOUT entering any information into the boxes.  Click "OK" to the agreement.  On the next screen you will type in your VA login name and password and click "OK".  You should then be connected to the VA Computer System.

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VA Internal Medicine Contact

Ms. Theresa Morgan
Affiliations Coordinator
Suite CC201

(843) 789-7642
(478) 274-5876 (fax)
theresa.morgan@va.gov

Dolores A. Gaines
Program Support Assistant for Housestaff Affairs
Medical Service
(843) 789-7472
(843) 937-6109 (fax)

Tammy Brown
Program Support Assistant for
Primary Care
(843) 789-7457
(843) 937-6115 (fax)
Primary Care Adm. Building
Room E221

VA IT Contact

VA Helpdesk
(843) 789-7468

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