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History of the Medical Reserve Corps

The National Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network comprises 997 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its terrotories. The MRC Mission is supported by the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), which serves as the National Program Office for the MRC.

The need for the MRC became apparent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were already overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify and manage these spontaneous volunteers, leading to many highly-skilled people being turned away. As a result, the MRC was established in 2002 to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate medical and health professionals to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies.

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