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Hawaii Department of Health: Medical Reserve Corps Development and Overview


Approximately 50 minutes

Course Description:

The online course "Hawaii Department of Health: Medical Reserve Corps Development and Overview" features a presentation delivered by Dr. Kate Gaynor, Dr. Kristine Qureshi, and Ms. Tara Nash. The presentation covers basics about the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), including its role in a disaster, its policies and structure, and the 8 core competencies of the MRC.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This online 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 concepts 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 online course, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain how the Medical Reserve Corps originated.
  2. Explain at least (3) MRC core competencies.
  3. Understand the potential response roles for the MRC volunteer.

Target Audiences:

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


Kate Gaynor, MD
Dr. Kate Gaynor is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. After her residency, Dr. Gaynor was accepted as a fellow in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and was assigned to work in the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the Hawaii Department of Health. Upon completion of this assignment, Dr. Gaynor stayed at DOH, filling several roles in emergency preparedness planning. Currently, she is the All Hazards Preparedness Coordinator for the Department.

Kristine Qureshi, RN, CEN, DNSc.
Dr. Qureshi has extensive experience in the area of community and public health disaster preparedness. She is the former Program Director of the Columbia University Center for Public Health Preparedness, and served as a co-investigator on previous HRSA Bioterrorism Continuing Education and Curriculum Enhancement grants through Columbia University. Dr. Qureshi has previously worked with public health agencies, first responder groups, and community-based providers to develop competency-based disaster preparedness training programs.

Tara Nash, MS
Ms. Nash received her Masters of Science in Public Health Specializing in Epidemiology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). After graduation, Ms. Nash was hired as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Coordinator, and has been working for the Department of Health since the Hawaii MRC’s inception

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.