The University of Texas at Austin Medical Reserve Corps (UTMRC) was generated by the UT Austin School of Nursing Disaster Committee after the events of September 11, 2001. This is in response to the university’s need to organize and maintain a group of volunteers (comprising of faculty, staff, students, and community leaders) willing and prepared to assist in public health issues and emergencies on and around campus. The function of the unit is to bolster the existing emergency response teams and public health advocates on campus.
The vision of UTMRC is to improve health and preparedness of The University of Texas at Austin community by organizing and training volunteers to respond to public health crises and challenges – natural or man-made.
The mission of UTMRC is to improve the health and response capacity of The University of Texas at Austin communities.
How We Respond
UTMRC responds by organizing the medical response efforts of the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Dell Medical School, 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, Social Work, and Medicine.
Below is a list of recognition UTMRC has achieved over the years:
- MRC Unit 2444 – established August 29, 2011.
- Recipients of UTMRC Operational Readiness Awards (ORA).
- UTMRC is a National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Challenge Award recipient for the second year in a row.