Emergency Response: Volunteering During Emergencies
The Dallas County Medical Society coordinates with the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department and other local response organizations during public health emergencies to meet the volunteer needs for medical support. Physicians who volunteer must be members in good standing with Dallas County Medical Society and maintain a current license to practice medicine from the Texas Medical Board.
Physicians who have volunteered in the past have been given assignments such as seeing patients who evacuated from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike, and providing vaccinations during the initial roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines. For medical sheltering operations, the need for pediatrics, emergency medicine, primary care, and infectious disease physicians is the highest.
Medical & Public Health Support Activities
The Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) provides supplemental support to a variety of local public health initiatives such as school, civic, and faith-based sponsored health fairs, back-up support of immunization clinics and vaccination campaigns, epidemiology staff support during disease outbreaks, and community-wide public health education campaigns. This program is administered by Dallas County, please click the above link to learn more. We encourage those wishing to volunteer through MRC to reach out now in preparation for future activations as there are some background and trainings that must be completed.