MAG Medical Reserve Corps
With the approval of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) have developed the nation's first medical society-sponsored statewide volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) – which supplements the official medical and public health and emergency services resources that are available in the state.
The MAG MRC trains physicians and other health care professionals, including administrative personnel, to respond to declared emergencies in Georgia. It will also train physicians to respond to other emergencies affecting public health (e.g., disease outbreaks) – as well as those that have the potential to compromise a hospital’s ability to respond and operate.
The MAG MRC is building capacity to coordinate the deployment of physicians during any such emergencies, is capable of setting up mobile hospital systems and under extreme circumstances (e.g., a shortage of health care providers in a given area), and can be called upon to perform some of the functions that would otherwise be performed by the full-time emergency medical response personnel in the state.
MAG formed the MRC as a result of action that its House of Delegates took in 2013. It was chartered in late 2014 and began to build its infrastructure in 2015. The MAG MRC is pleased to have a multidisciplinary unit of approximately 100 volunteers as of June 2017.
The MRC community in Georgia consists of 19 approved MRCs.
Volunteers must register on the “Georgia Responds: State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Georgia” (SERVGA) before they can serve as a MAG MRC volunteer.
About the Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 991 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.