Medical Reserve Corps Overview

Sponsored by the Office of the U. S. Surgeon General, the Medical Reserve Corps is a community based network of volunteers, organized to support and augment the existing public health infrastructure during emergencies and non-emergency events.

MRC units help their local communities successfully manage:

  • Natural disasters;
  • Man-made emergencies;
  • Outbreaks of infectious illness; and
  • Community health events.

More than 1,000 Medical Reserve Corps units operate throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.

MRC members include medical practitioners, such as:

  • Physicians;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Nurses; and
  • Mental health professionals

As well as public health professionals, such as:

  • Administrators;
  • Health educators; and
  • Communicable disease and environmental health specialists.

Non medical/clinical personnel are also needed to fill other key roles, such as:

  • Managers;
  • Clerical support;
  • Interpreters; and
  • drivers.

MRC Goals

MRC Core Competencies