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IDS Site Visit and Protocol Training

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When scheduling your site initiation visit (or startup visit for internally-sponsored studies) and initial protocol training, do not forget to schedule a visit with the IDS using the internal visit scheduling job aid. At time of startup (typically IRB approval or scheduled SIV, whichever comes first), a clinical research pharmacist will be assigned to develop training documents for pharmacy and nursing staff as well as electronic ordering processes that ultimately depend on where subjects are being seen and receive doses. The IDS requires at least 5 days’ notice when scheduling SIVs to allow adequate time for the pharmacist to collate a list of questions regarding the trial, carefully consider logistics based on study-specific procedures and requirements, and prepare data sheets and EPIC medication orders.