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Medical Reserve Corps

All Junior, Senior, and Accelerated College of Nursing students are required to participate in the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

The Medical Reserve Corps 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 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response  in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The MRC network comprises 995 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.

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. 

To learn more, visit the UMass MRC Facebook page or email