The Thomas Jefferson Medical Reserve Corps (TJMRC) was established by the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2003. As the first student-run MRC in the country, the UVAMRC is a model in student-faculty partnership and outreach. In late 2009, the MRC was expanded and its housing and management was moved to the Thomas Jefferson Health District. The UVA medical, public health and nursing student operations continue as a chapter of the organization.
The Medical Reserve Corps augments the community’s ability to respond to public health emergencies. It was created after 9-11 to address the opportunities and challenges that spontaneous volunteers pose during disasters. The MRC ensures a professional, coordinated and effective response through credentialing, training, exercises, and participation in real events. Training opportunities include:
The TJMRC recruits, pre-trains and pre-credentials volunteers in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and skill sets who are interested in public health and in protecting their communities during public health emergencies. We partner closely with area voluntary agencies, volunteer programs, hospitals, local governments and emergency services to ensure that our volunteers complement, rather than replace, existing response efforts.
TJMRC participates in a variety of activities based on our community's needs. Some examples of our many possible roles during an emergency include:
Epidemiological Response Team: Volunteers who have completed the epidemiology response training would support the District Epidemiologist during a major disease outbreak by:
Shelter Response Team:
Mass Dispensing Response Team: