MRC Member Action Needed:  Sign into new MRC Shiftboard scheduling/notification system.  Read on.....
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Dear U of M Medical Reserve Corps Members,

The Shiftboard scheduling and notification system serves as an efficient mechanism for MRC members to register for MRC events. 

We are asking all MRC members who have not already done so, to sign in to Shiftboard this week. Upon completing the initial sign-in process, a member will have the means to quickly sign up to participate in a MRC deployment.
Having members already in the Shiftboard system will greatly facilitate meeting staffing needs during a large scale deployment on or off campus.

Please read the Shiftboard section of this newsletter for more information on how to sign in.

Warm regards,


Kathy Hite Berlin
U of M Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
612-626-4722 (office)
Mayo Building, 3rd floor, room C-386 
Scheduling System
MRC members are asked to sign in the Shiftboard scheduling system sometime in the next week.
To access your Shiftboard account:
  1. Click here to access the sign-on page.
  2. Once on the sign-on page, click on "forgot password"
  3. A temporary password will be sent to you from Shiftboard that will allow you to access your Shiftboard account.
  4. When you gain access to the main Shiftboard page, click on "My account" found in the top maroon banner. 
  5. Once you are in the my account section, click on "reset password". You may now reset your password to one that is easy for you to remember.
Contact  Carlos R. Cruz at with any questions about accessing your Shiftboard account.

Notification System Drill

We will be conducting a MRC member notification drill during the month of November. The drill will serve as a way to familiarize MRC members with the method in which they will be notified of a large scale MRC deployment opportunity. 

Member Action Requested: Respond to Shiftboard text message as directed.
Text Message Example:  Please respond to this text by typing name in you first and last name and press "send".
Bystander CPR
AHC Prepared: Topics in Emergency Preparedness is offering a free Bystander CPR Class. Each year over 300,000 people die in the US from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The rapid response of bystanders saves lives.

During this one hour class you will:
  • Learn how to assist someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest
  • Perform hands only CPR 
  • Learn to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Click here for more information on this class. NOTE: The class is being offered on both the St. Paul and East Bank campuses.

Basic First Aid 
Last month we offered a free basic first aid class on the East Bank campus. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We are offering the same class in November on the St. Paul campus.This class will cover topics in basic first aid including what to do for burns, bleeding, and broken bones.

*This class does not include instruction on CPR.

Note: All participants will receive a free gift along with a light lunch.

Click here for more information on this free class .
Strike Team News

Behavioral Health Response Strike Team Meeting
The principal focus of this strike team is to minimize the harmful psychological effects of stress and trauma on surviving individuals and families immediately following a disaster. All team members receive specialized training, including Psychological First Aid training.

NOTE: Members of this team must have mental health or behavioral health experience, either as a licensed professional or at the graduate level.

Click here for more information on the fall BH Response Strike Team meeting.  

NOTE: The November meeting will be held on the Minneapolis campus at 4:30PM. Interested MRC members are asked to RSVP to as we will be providing dinner.
Medical Reserve Corps - Member Spotlight

Kathryn France

Participation in the MRC program allows me the opportunity to keep my own nursing skills sharp and brings fun new relationships.  

AHC-Office of Emergency Response Staff

AHC Office of Emergency Response Director's Update
Jill DeBoer, MPH

Kathy Berlin, RN, PHN
MRC Coordinator
612 626-4722

Elaine Collison, MPA
Deputy Director 
Carlos R. Cruz
Project Manager

Laurel O’Neil
Office Manager

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Office of Emergency Response
Mayo Memorial Building
420 Delaware Street S.E.
MMC 263
Minneapolis, MN. 55455

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