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Join the Boston MRC

The process to join the Boston Medical Reserve Corps contains 4 steps: 

  1.  Complete the Online Orientation course 
  2.  Create an account on MA Responds 
  3.  Submit a CORI/SORI Background Check 
  4.  Email with all required forms completed 

Please read more detail about each step below: 

1. Complete the Boston MRC Online Orientation course: 
All new members are required to complete the Boston MRC Online Orientation course.
You will need to create a free account on the DelValle Institute Learning Center to complete all of the activities of this course and obtain a certificate of completion. 

If you need help setting up an account on the DelValle Institute Learning Center, you can find additional instructions here.

2. Create an account on MA Responds: 
The Boston MRC pre-registers, manages, and mobilizes our members through MA Responds, an online management system sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Through MA Responds, members can be quickly identified and have their credentials checked so that they can be properly utilized in response to a public health emergency.

Go to to set up your account.  Be sure to select "Region 4C, Boston MRC" as the organization you wish to join. 

It is very important to make sure your MA Responds profile is filled out completely.  You CANNOT be deployed if any of the following is true: 

  • Your profile is incomplete  
  • Your clinical license is not verified (for clinical volunteers only) 

    Please Note: Clinical volunteers must have an active, verified clinical license listed in their MA Responds profile in order to be deployed in a clinical role
In addition, make sure that you provide your SMS/Text Message number so that you can receive more urgent communication from us via text message, and enter your Language Skills to help us meet language access needs of our residents.  

Take a look at this quick reference guide for instructions on how to complete your MA Responds profile. 

3. Submit a CORI/SORI Background Check: 
All Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will need to complete and be cleared for criminal and sexual offense background checks, called the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. This form can be filled in electronically and does not need to be notarized. 

  • A CORI report includes records and data compiled by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS), the Massachusetts agency statutorily designated to oversee the authorized release of CORIs. CORI checks will only be conducted as authorized by the DCJIS. CORI reports are reviewed by CORI certified staff in the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The Boston MRC may choose to participate with EPB staff in the review of the CORI report in accordance with the Boston Public Health Commission Human Resource policies and procedures.

  • For a full explanation of the CORI policy, please visit MA Responds.

4. Email with all required forms completed: 
Once you have completed the online orientation course and created an account on MA Responds, please electronically complete the forms listed below. These forms are requirements from Boston Public Health Commission.

Email the forms and a copy of your government-issued photo ID as attachments to with the subject line "[First name][Last name] Completed Orientation Documents."   Please don't forget to attach a high resolution scanned copy (or clear photo) of your government-issued photo identification, both front and back. 
Required forms and documentation attached to this email can be completed electronically: 

When these forms are received, your account as a pending MRC volunteer will be reviewed.  This review process will include: 
  • Confirming you have completed the online orientation 
  • Confirming all required forms are correctly filled out, signed and returned 
  • Confirming that your CORI/SORI background check has been cleared at the state level  
When all of the above is confirmed, you will then be accepted into Boston MRC and will receive deployment request information from MA Responds via your email.   

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