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Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Serve and Connect

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Serve and Connect

John Rossheim / Monster Senior Contributing Writer

How Can MRC Service Boost Healthcare Careers?

Most volunteers join the MRC to help their neighbors, but they may also benefit from joining a wider professional network. “We have a wide range of health professionals that we recruit from private practices, hospitals, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits,” says Rinchiuso.

Free continuing education in emergency preparedness and response is often a perk of MRC membership. New York City, for example, offers accredited online tutorials to registered members of its MRC.

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MRC volunteers sometimes sacrifice pay as well as time in order to serve. If MRC members serve for an extended period, as some volunteered to do in the wake of hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, their regular employers typically don’t compensate them. “Most commonly, people sacrifice their two weeks’ leave for the year,” says Ingram.

But for healthcare professionals who seek the gratification of being there for neighbors in a time of great need, the Medical Reserve Corps is a unique volunteering opportunity.

“There will always be a need for healthcare professionals who have an interest in emergency preparedness and response,” says Tosatto.

This article originally appeared on Monster Advice.

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