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.

At the U of M any student, faculty, or staff member in the Health Sciences, Boynton Health, or mental health professional in Student Counseling Services is welcome to join the program. In addition, undergraduate College of Biological Science students referred by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center or students referred by the Health Emergency Response Office director or deputy director may also seek membership.

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.

Member Spotlight

"I joined the Medical Reserve Corps because I am conducting research that deals with the development of drugs as bioterrorism countermeasures, but wanted to find a way to directly serve my community in the event of a public health emergency."

Upcoming Events


Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Location: Weaver-Densford Hall – 2nd floor


Topic: Enhancing Campus Readiness for Meningococcal Disease Response
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Mayo Auditorium


Date: Wednesday, October 2 
Time: 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Location: Moos Tower 1-450


Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: MPLS Rec & Wellness Center