In 2022 the University of Texas at Austin Medical Reserve Corps (UTMRC) collaborated with students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and community members in organizing various training and team building events. Below you can read summary and view photos from these events hosted by UTMRC members. Please visit our News & Events page to learn about our upcoming events.
Stop the Bleed + Psychological First Aid Training
On May 14, July 16, and September 17, 2022, UTMRC members met at community and campus settings to receive training on how to provide first intervention support for both bleeding and mental health emergencies. This training was made possible by the outstanding collaboration of public health leaders from Dell Med, Captial Area of Texas Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC), Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Longhorn EMS, and UT School of Nursing.
Contagion Inspired Incident Command Group Exercise
On June 18, 2022, Unit leaders utilized a table top framework to reflect on past COVID-19 vaccine administration and mass sheltering operations. With each participant serving as a particular stakeholder in the emergency Incident Command System, questions were raised and minds were challenged to consider: What would public health care systems do differently if given the ability to go back in time? What could community leaders do to anticipate and prepare for future public health challenges?
Escape Room Team Building Exercise
On August 28, 2022, Unit leaders met once again to engage in a team building “Escape Room” exercise. This exercise included honoring individual skills and contributions to problem solving, active listening and communication, and remaining calm in the face of external pressures. This event represents an opportunity to bring these themes to our UTMRC unit as it relates to applying similar skills in future volunteer deployments.
“Emergency Go bag” Personal/ Family Readiness Training
On August 25, 2022, instructors David Rivera (Department of State Health Services) and Lauren McGettrick, RN (UT School of Nursing) guided students, staff, and faculty from the UT community to think creatively about an emergency evacuation plan that would encompass important considerations such as insurance policies, prescription needs, communication plans, evacuation routes, and much more. Understanding there isn’t one perfectly universal list of supplies, both instructors drove home the importance of having a bag ready ahead of time to meet the unique needs of individuals and their families in times of unexpected emergencies. This collaborative event was made possible by the support of UT’s Graduate Student Association and has inspired a chain of events to follow that includes a more recent Go Bag initiative at the UT School of Nursing student Fall Festival 2022 and an exciting Emergency Go Bag training held at Austin Community College’s Eastview campus on November 9! Thank you, ACC, for your partnership! We look forward to our continued collaboration into the 2023 year. Please stay tuned for similar events!