Positions in the MRC
Many skills and abilities are needed during a public health emergency. Volunteer positions with the Medical Reserve Corps include a few broad categories: the Nurse Volunteer, the Physician Volunteer, the Pharmacist Volunteer, the Support Staff volunteer, the Mental Health Volunteer. Multi-lingual skills are most welcome. At mass dispensing sites, activities may include meeting & greeting; screening; first aid; triage; dispensing medications; line control; pharmacy and other services, and registration. At other sites volunteers may provide evacuation or surge assistance; patient education; mental health first aid; logistical support; and distribution of preparedness information.
The Medical Volunteer performs clinical evaluations in an emergency clinical setting. Tasks may include medical information counseling, patient screening, assisting patients with completion of forms, conducting physical exams and evaluations, managing medical supply inventory, and dispensing medication or administering vaccine under the supervision of a physician. Licensed Clinician Volunteers may also be asked to perform non-clinical functions, such as providing general assistance to patients or stocking supplies.
The Physician Volunteer performs a range of physician services in an emergency clinical setting. Tasks typically include medical consultation with patients or staff, patient screening, and first aid medical advice. These volunteers may also conduct physical exams, administer vaccinations, dispense medication, or consult with Public Health staff to determine the need for isolation. They may also be asked to perform non-clinical functions, such as providing general assistance to patients.
Support Staff Volunteer
The Support Staff Volunteer performs a wide variety of tasks in a health emergency setting. Tasks may include greeting people and traffic control in parking areas, or providing general, non-medical information to patients, assisting patients with completion of forms, or providing translation services. Volunteers may help with short-term childcare, materials stocking, or set-up and take-down of workspaces, or provide security services and other tasks that may arise.
Mental Health Volunteer
The Mental Health Volunteer (psychologist, LCSW, MFT, psychiatric technician) performs tasks such as checking staff and patients for signs of stress or other mental health concerns, maintaining safety of the workplace, evaluating and triaging individuals and staff for a higher level of mental health care, training staff on assisting the "worried well" during medical and public health emergencies, or the emergency response workforce. Mental health volunteers may also be asked to perform non-licensed tasks as needed.
The Pharmacist Volunteer performs pharmaceutical services in an emergency clinical setting. Tasks typically include medication and medical supplies inventory management, packaging, and distribution of medications at the dispensing site, secure management of DEA controlled medications, and patient counseling on medications. These volunteers may also dispense medication or consult with Public Health staff to determine the need for additional medications, or perform non-clinical functions.