Who We Are

The University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program is part of a national initiative to mobilize and coordinate volunteers at the local level to assist in the event of a public health crisis or large scale disaster.

The MRC program provides a structure to pre- identify, train, credential and organize medical and public health professionals, as well as non-clinical personal to supplement and support health emergency response systems.

Eligibility for the UMN Medical Reserve Corps

Eligibility for the UMN Medical Reserve Corps

The following students, staff and faculty on campus are eligible to join the U of M MRC:
  • Battling the Bugs students (HSEM: Jill DeBoer Instructor)
  • PUBH 3212 - Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
  • Boynton Health
  • Medical School
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Mortuary Science Program
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy Program
  • Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC)
  • Physical Therapy Program
  • Department of Athletic Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • Department of Family Social Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Nursing Alumni
  • Department of Psychology (Limited to staff, faculty, and graduate students)
  • School of Public Health
  • Future Physicians Class (AHS 1600, 1601, and 1602)
  • School of Social Work
  • Health Sciences/Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (all students, staff and faculty)
  • Student Counseling Services

If you do not meet standard eligibility requirements, you may request an exemption. To do so, please email medicalreserve@umn.edu along with a description of your interest and/or experience related to public health emergency preparedness and response. Your request will be reviewed and we will let you know if an exemption can be granted.

The MRC at the U is interested in both clinically licensed individuals as well as non-licensed individuals who have a strong interest in assisting in the response efforts during a health related emergency. Current MRC members with clinical experience include nurses, doctors, dentists, nursing assistants, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, public health professionals, epidemiologists, veterinary medicine professionals and others. Nearly 50% of MRC members at the University are not clinical providers. These members come with varied backgrounds and provide essential logistical and operational support ranging from expertise in IT, communication, administration and hospitality.

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Member Spotlight

I first heard about the Medical Reserve Corp when I was a student in the Future Physician course. COVID had just hit and I wanted to look for ways to help out. The Medical Reserve Corp seemed like a great fit for me.