Strike Teams & Advisory Group

To join a strike team: Medical Reserve Corps members should contact Kathy Berlin, MRC coordinator, at

University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps Strike Teams

Strike teams have been developed to offer an opportunity for small group interaction and provide for better alignment with member expertise and interest. Strike teams also provide a structure for targeted training, operational planning, and exercises. View this presentation to learn more about the strike teams.

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Behavioral Health Response Strike Team

The principal focus of this strike team is to minimize the harmful psychological effects of stress and trauma on surviving individuals and families immediately following a disaster. Members of this team must have behavioral health professional experience or be a graduate student working towards licensure in a behavioral health related profession. All team members receive specialized training, including Psychological First Aid training.

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Saliva Testing Team

This team will be responsible for conducting COVID-19 saliva testing in the event of newly identified cluster of cases and outbreaks of cases related to an identifiable group and/or location on campus.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Team

In response to a request from Boynton Health for assistance during campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic operations, the Medical Reserve Corps has developed a COVID-19 Vaccination Team.

MRC Veterinary Medicine Response Team

Veterinary Medicine Response Strike Team

The Veterinary Medicine Response Strike Team is designed to respond to local and national animal health emergencies.

Pharmaceutical Response Team

Pharmaceutical Response Strike Team

This team is designed to respond to local and national public health emergencies that have a pharmaceutical response component.

Respiratory Fit Strike Team

N95 Respirator Fit-Testing Strike Team

This team has been trained and drilled in the method used to fit-test N95 masks on an emergent basis.

Leadership strike team

MRC Leadership Strike Team

A select group of MRC members have been identified to serve in an advisory role to determine direction of MRC training and development activities, serve in leadership roles at a Mass Dispensing Site and to serve in an advisory role during strike team development.


MRC Logistics Strike Team

Members of this strike team are responsible for resource management before and during U of M MRC deployments. They are responsible for the physical set up of the deployment site. Pre-deployment physical set up includes setting up signage, queuing line Tensa barriers, tables, chairs, equipment and other supplies as needed.

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Student Advisory Group

Members of the Student Advisory Group (SAG) assist in determining MRC training and development activities, serve as a resource during training event planning, and act as liaisons between MRC Program and student organizations.