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Hawaii Department of Health: Medical Reserve Corps Orientation Training


Approximately 33 minutes

Course Description:

The "Hawaii Department of Health: Medical Reserve Corps Training" is the introductory training for Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. This course defines and explains the role of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and its volunteers, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), covers the 8 MRC core competencies, and elucidates the importance of personal emergency planning.

This course was created by the Hawaii Department of Health with the assistance of Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. Explain the concept of incident command system and describe its functional components.
  3. List and describe the members of the local emergency management system and describe one’s role within it.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Know what the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is and why it is important.
  2. Understand your role in the MRC.
  3. Explain the importance of the Incident Command System and following the chain of command during any MRC disaster response activity.
  4. List and explain the 8 MRC Core Competencies.
  5. Explain why a family emergency plan is important.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.