Boston Medical Reserve Corps
The Boston Medical Reserve Corps (Boston MRC) is a community-based volunteer program. Boston MRC prepares for and responds to emergencies to support the City of Boston's public health infrastructure. Members of the Boston MRC organize and train to address a wide range of challenges from disaster response to public health education. Boston MRC members from both the medical and nonmedical fields are leaders in their communities. They donate time and expertise to ensure all Bostonians, especially the most vulnerable, have access to the help they need during a public health emergency.
Who volunteers for the Boston MRC?
Our members are everyday people who live, work, or go to school in the City of Boston. You do not need to have a medical background to volunteer with the Boston MRC. We are always looking for:
- Interpreters and individuals who can speak multiple languages
- People who have experience working with special needs populations
- Physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other health professionals
- Anyone with a desire to help during a public health emergency
If Boston MRC activates during a public health emergency am I forced to volunteer?
No! Although we hope you will be a part of our response efforts, you always have a choice about responding.
What other volunteer activities are there outside of emergencies?
The Boston MRC strives to strengthen Boston's public health infrastructure. Goals of the Boston MRC include:
- improving health literacy
- increasing disease prevention
- eliminating health disparities
- increasing community resilience, and
- educating Bostonians on public health preparedness.
Boston MRC members have the opportunity to help carry out these goals. They also have the opportunity to serve at a variety of non-emergency related events including:
- the Boston Marathon
- the Walk for Hunger
- seasonal flu clinics
- drills and exercises such as Urban Shield Boston, and
- community outreach days.
Are there any other benefits to joining the Boston MRC?
Yes! In partnership with the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston MRC members have access to a great selection of free courses and seminars. Members who are also emergency medical technicians and nurses can take advantage of courses approved for continuing education hours. Nurses can receive continuing education units for taking any of the core level courses or special topics courses. For EMS providers, application has been made for two hours of MA OEMS credits for all core and special topic courses.
To find out if a course you are planning on attending is approved for continuing education, please call the DelValle Institute at 617-343-1370.
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Courses and trainings
All Boston MRC members are able to take advantage of free course and seminar offerings from the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, the training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. Please check the list of course offerings at the DelValle Learning Center to register. Upcoming courses will also be announced on the Boston MRC's Facebook page.
Additionally, Boston MRC members are frequently asked to assist with exercises and drills for outside agencies. These activities oftentimes require volunteers to role play as victims and can be great learning opportunities for both the agency and Boston MRC volunteers. These opportunities will be sent out via our MA Responds system, monthly newsletter, and social media.