"Recent experience with large-scale disasters has shown that an effective response requires that volunteers be pre-credentialed and deployed through a coordinated effort."
~ Massachusetts MRC ~
What training will I receive?
- All MRC volunteers receive a general orientation to the program and an introduction to the Incident Command System structure which is used for communication in disaster response.
- Disaster related trainings and exercises are offered throughout the year in a variety of media: online, classroom, hands on and Just-in-Time.
- Basic Life Support and Core Disaster Life Support classes are also provided.
Is Continuing Education Credit offered for Medical Professionals?
Continuing Education Credit is offered for some programs and some disciplines and varies from sponsor to sponsor. Topics required for RN licensure are provided at the Health Department and the continuing education credit sponsored by University of South Florida Area Health Education Center. The MRC Core Competencies Matrix CD provides 3.5 continuing education credits from NOVA University for 40 different medical disciplines. Centers for Disease Control and University of Miami disaster response programs usually also offer credit.
“The Medical Reserve Corps is one way that health
professionals can volunteer during large scale emergencies, such as an
influenza epidemic, a chemical spill, or an act of terrorism.”