Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Medical Reserve Corps?

What is a Medical Reserve Corps?

A Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is part of the Citizen Corps program, a national initiative to mobilize and coordinate volunteers. MRC members are health professionals and others who are willing to be called in the event of a public health crisis or large scale disaster.

The MRC program provides a structure to pre- identify, train, credential and organize medical and public health professionals, as well as non-clinical personal to supplement and support health emergency response systems.

Who should volunteer with the MRC at the University of Minnesota?

Who should volunteer with the MRC at the University of Minnesota?

Any student, faculty, or staff member in the Academic Health Center or Boynton Health Services as well as College of Biological Science students referred by the AHC Health Careers Center. The MRC at the U is interested in both clinically licensed individuals as well as non-licensed individuals who have a strong interest in assisting in the response efforts during a health related emergency. Current MRC members with clinical experience include nurses, doctors, dentists, nursing assistants, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, public health professionals, epidemiologists, veterinary medicine professionals and others. AHC affiliated non-clinical individuals with expertise in IT, communication and administration are also encouraged to join the University Medical Reserve Corps.

What will volunteers do?

What will volunteers do?

Depending on the nature of the emergency, members may have clinical and non-clinical roles. Potential activities include, but are not limited to:

  • taking medical histories,
  • administering vaccines or medications,
  • answering a hotline, or
  • providing behavioral health support

Non-clinical staff may be needed to:

  • register clients,
  • assist with supplies and equipment,
  • enter data, or
  • provide IT and and other administrative and logistical support.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Sign up in the MRC Registry. The initial registration takes less than 5 minutes. After the data is processed, nurses, physicians, dentists and pharmacists will receive a link via email at a later date to provide more detailed information, such as license numbers and specific skills and certifications.

How do I get notified of MRC deployment opportunities?

How do I get notified of MRC deployment opportunities?

SHIFTBOARD is the online scheduling and notification system for the U of M Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  This system will allows the U of M MRC Coordinator to rapidly communicate with MRC members through text and email.

How do I register to participate in a MRC deployment or other events (trainings, strike team meetings)?

How do I register to participate in a MRC deployment or other events (trainings, strike team meetings)?

MRC members will register for training events, strike team meetings, and deployments through SHIFTBOARD. In the event of a deployment, MRC members will be able to view the available job shifts and sign up for the one that fits best with their skills, interests and availability

If I am contacted for deployment am I required to participate?

If I am contacted for deployment am I required to participate?

No. If we contact you and ask you to volunteer, you can always decline. We will contact you again if your skills could be valuable in a subsequent deployment.

Are there other MRC units in Minnesota?

Are there other MRC units in Minnesota?

Yes. MRC units are established in all of the Twin Cities metro counties and throughout the state. There are over 980 MRC units across the country. The University’s MRC unit works collaboratively with MRC units across the state.

What should I do next, once I have registered?

What should I do next, once I have registered?

We require everyone take MRC 101 an Introduction/Orientation to the University’s Medical Reserve Corps in person or online. The online orientation can be found on the U of M MRC homepage under "Member Orientation".

Additional training courses are available to assist members in preparing for their role in a public health disaster. Information on available training courses can be found in the monthly MRC newsletter and in the training section of the MRC website.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Call Kathy Berlin, MRC Coordinator at 612-626-4722 or email at medicalreserve@umn.edu.