Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

Nationally, the Medical Reserve Corps was created to enhance the medical response capacity during a public health emergency or disaster MRC activities here in New Mexico include but are not limited to: providing medical support to emergency medical services, community health education, childhood immunization campaigns, influenza shot clinics and support to existing local public health service. The goal of the MRC is to bring together the knowledge and skills of people from various backgrounds to address the public health needs of the community.

Who is eligible to volunteer for the MRC?

The MRC welcomes volunteers from medical and non-medical backgrounds. Your interest, expertise and licensure or certification will help determine the role you may be asked to fill within the MRC.

How do I register?

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Those interested in volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps must register through the NM MRC Serves database. Registration will take no more than 30 minutes. Volunteers will be asked to enter their address, telephone number, email address, and professional licensure information (if they have one). All registrants will undergo a background check and sex offender check. NM MRC Serves staff will also confirm professional licensure information entered. All volunteer information is re-checked every six months. Once a new volunteer's information is confirmed, they will begin to receive information regarding orientation, training, and events. Please click here to begin the registration process.

What should I expect, after I register?

After registering through the NM MRC Serves database, volunteers will begin to receive emails regarding orientation, training, and planned events taking place across the state. Please visit the MRC calendar to view upcoming orientations and trainings.

Do volunteers receive any compensation?

No monetary compensation will be given to volunteers. You will be volunteering to help your community in times of need.

What are the benefits of volunteering for the MRC?

Experience working in the medical/public health fields
Free CPR and first aid training
Information on the latest emergency preparedness educational and training opportunities
Opportunities through continuing education to become better prepared to handle large-scale health crises
Personal satisfaction from knowing that you are helping our community by addressing emergency and non-emergency public health needs