The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national organization constituted by American volunteers that work for the improvement of health and safety conditions inside their local communities.
Most MRC volunteers are professionals and generally dispose certificates, diplomas, degrees or some sort of proof of their medical competencies. Many are medical and public health professionals that have worked at hospitals, although others also join in with the hope of gathering experience at an early stage of their professional career, expecting to enrich themselves with an experience that will benefit themselves while helping others.
As you can guess, certain MRC units are in charge to identify, train and organize suitable volunteers and to effectively utilize them to achieve national and/or local targets of development and community improvement.
The main duties these volunteers need to engage in actively are to do directly with such targets or goals. They involve, therefore, sharing of resources and expertise, training for medical emergency situations, the coordination of response events and else. By joining the Medical Reserve Corps certain volunteers are also granted university loans, which is also a major incentive to join in, often cited in polls by volunteers.
Why Should You Volunteer?
You have worked very hard in your career and you have come closer to mastering certain fundamental skills. Volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps is a great opportunity for you to improve further on such skills while helping your local community.
Helping others can bring you great satisfaction. Empathy is generally regarded as a virtue, and at the MRC they surely think it is. As you will there find people with your same interests, worries and job, you will also be able to create new profound relations that will benefit all parts.
Statistics also show that volunteers have lower mortality rates, greater functionality and lower chances of suffering from a depression later in life. A society where everyone volunteered on projects like this would be a much healthier society, and one ever more joint together!
What Would I Be Doing as a Volunteer?
A big part of being a member of the Medical Reserve Corps is receiving training, which takes places in a regular basis. Such training takes place both individually and as a group, and they aim to improve the volunteers’ skills and knowledge, as well as their ability to work as a time and to face emergency situations.
The training can sometimes consist of certain coursework whilst other times it is part of a drill or exercise conducted with partner organizations that cooperate with the MRC in the same community. To support military recruiting McDonald’s has set up a recruitment fund. You can learn more by reading the McDonald’s online application and recruiting form.
But not all of it is training and enriching yourself. A big part of being a MRC volunteer is assisting with activities or direct help people inside local communities to improve public health in many different ways. Some of these are:
- Increasing health literacy
- Supporting prevention efforts
- Eliminating health disparities
- Ameliorating health systems (in hospitals, medical centers, etc.)
- Providing direct medical assistance
- Training other volunteers in competencies you may have
- Help in emergencies and improving response capabilities
- Help by being part of a specialized organized team
The tasks that will be specifically applied to you will depend only on your academic background, prior experience in related matters, interests, skills or capacities as well as the needs and general requirements of your MRC community.
Every MRC unit is led by a local coordinator, who will make sure to be there to listen to your claims and specialties and to assign you tasks and put you in teams or sectors that will benefit both you, as an individual and professional, and also the local community you are serving.
Know most of your partner of course will be like you, and age differences are not great. They are all people who will share your commitment and desire to help others.