The idea to create a University of Texas at Austin Medical Reserve Corps (UTMRC) was generated by the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Disaster Committee. This is in response to the university’s need to organize and maintain a group of volunteers (comprising of faculty, staff, and students) willing and prepared to assist in public health issues and emergencies on campus. The function of the unit is to bolster the existing emergency response teams and public health advocates on campus. Though the UTMRC is created in the School of Nursing, volunteers from all departments campus-wide are encouraged to participate.
UTMRC will help organize the medical response efforts of the Schools of Nursing, School of Social Work and the College of Pharmacy in the event of a major disaster that would warrant the City of Austin to seek help from the community. The UTMRC is a vehicle for training and coordination among Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work.
The Surgeon General of the United States recognized UTMRC in 2012 as a specialized unit of the Citizen Corps. The Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Peace Corps are all part of the federal government’s commitment to promote volunteerism and service throughout the nation.