Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Medical Reserve CorpsUHS created the UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in 2005, in partnership with the university’s School of Nursing. The unit was the first curriculum-incorporated MRC in the country. With some 300 members, it's one of more than 700 registered units nationwide.

The UMass Amherst MRC provides educational, research and leadership opportunities for student and faculty volunteers in the fields of public health and emergency preparedness. Read these FAQs to learn more, then get involved!

What we're doing

The UMass Amherst MRC is committed to fostering a sense of civic responsibility, partnering with the university community and surrounding areas to promote preparedness.

The unit has organized a number of full-scale emergency dispensing site and communication exercises in association with its regional response partners, comprised of various boards of health and surrounding MRC units. The unit's leadership team is working to evolve a student-based organizational structure, soliciting volunteers from the university and the Five College community. The UMass Amherst MRC collaborates with the Western Massachusetts MRC, which serves Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Contacts and Information

To learn more, contact Ann Becker, R.N., D.N.P., UMass Amherst MRC unit director. Call (413) 577-5193 or email

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MRC resources

Emergency Planning and Recovery Resources