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Medical Reserves Answer Call to Service

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2012;307(13):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.369.
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Hardly a week goes by that Daisy Hite, RN, a retired oncology nurse who once cared for veterans at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia, isn't busy plying her clinical skills to screen homeless individuals for chronic illness, teach patients how to prepare for disasters, or provide other services to her community through her involvement in the US Civilian Medical Volunteer Reserve Corps (MRC).

She is one of more than 200 000 US clinicians and laypersons who are participating in the 979 MRC units in all 50 states and each of the US territories as the program celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The units help extend the capabilities of local public health departments and disaster preparedness programs, providing staff for activities ranging from routine vaccinations to clinical services in disasters.

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In addition to participating in disaster preparedness activities (as pictured here) and responding to disasters, volunteers in the Medical Reserve Corps help meet local nonemergent public health needs.

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Regular training sessions help prepare participants in the US Medical Reserve Corps to respond in the event of an emergency.

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