Member Training & Orientation - Medical Reserve Corps

Your next step: After you watch the orientation, email medicalreserve@umn.edu to let us know you have completed this orientation requirement.

All University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps members are required to view the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps Orientation video.

Topics covered include:

  • member’s role in a public health emergency
  • volunteer liability
  • communication process for notification or deployment
  • other information important for Medical Reserve Corp members.

Online training

Medical Reserve Corps members are encouraged to take the following online courses:

Member Preparedness

Personal & family emergency preparedness
Information is available from CDC - Emergency Preparedness and You, including how to pack an emergency supply kit.

Psychological First Aid
This course was designed as an overview for MRC volunteers, hospital personnel, disaster responders, and first-responders, to the concepts and applications of psychological first aid as it applies to assisting survivors and fellow responders impacted by a disaster or emergency event, particularly in the field during a response.

Psychological First Aid Tutorial (for iPhone and Android)
The Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial app provides information on site for persons who have been trained in PFA procedures.

Responder Self-care app (for iPhone)
This mobile app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Medical Countermeasurers

PODS (Point of Dispensing): Public health traning for staff and volunteers
This training is designed to provide an overview and orientation to the general operations of a POD. It is intended to complement just-in-time training provided at the time of deployment.

Incident Command

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS): A primer for volunteers
This training provides an initial orientation to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) for individuals who plan to volunteer during an emergency or disaster.

ICS 100.b: Introduction to the Incident Command System
This FEMA course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course is NIMS compliant.

IS 700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS) an Introduction
This FEMA course introduces the National Incident Management System and provides the foundation for further higher level NIMS training.

Additional Training Resources on DVD

Off-site care facility – an alternate care site: a primer for volunteers
This training provides an overview of the general operations of an off-site care facility (also referred to as Alternate Care Site). Topics covered in this 1 hour course include examples of alternate care sites and the types of emergencies that necessitate their establishment, basic or austere medical care, the concept of the incident command structure as it applies to at such a care site, Standard Precautions, and preparation of the volunteer.

To request DVD Training Resources, contact medicalreserve@umn.edu.