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UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps

A Volunteer Opportunity

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is made up of healthcare professionals and others who volunteer to help when public health emergencies or natural disasters strike. These mass casualty events can overwhelm local resources; MRCs provide a trained, organized crisis response. At other times, MRCs serve their community with public health education and outreach programs.

The national MRC program began in 2002 and is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General. There are more than 390 units across the country; 16 are based in Massachusetts.

The College of Nursing requires participation of all junior, senior and Second Bachelor's Degree students in the MRC. The purpose of the UMass Amherst MRC is to establish teams of College of Nursing faculty, students, staff volunteers and public health professionals who can contribute skills and expertise throughout the year and during emergencies.