of 2005 was a busy season for the staff of the UMV
MRC, who spoke at two national events.
The annual conference of the Medical Reserve Corps
took place in San Francisco on April 20 to 22, with
400 attendees from across the United States. On opening
night, UMVMRC program Director Sandy Collins, and
Coordinator Nancy Burns, presented a poster session
entitled "Leveraging MRC's Across the State:
Perspectives from a Massachusetts Unit." A highlight
of the evening was an unexpected visit from the U.S.
Surgeon General, Richard S. Carmona.
Robert J. Tosatto, director of the national MRC
program; Nancy Burns, coordinator of the UMV MRC;
Sandy Collins, director of the UMV MRC; and the
U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Richard S.
barely a week to unpack, Collins and Burns were headed for their next event: the
National Disaster Medical System conference. NDMS was held in Orlando from May
2 to 4, gathering a diverse audience of over 2500 care providers from around the
from four MRCs supported a panel discussion to introduce
the national program to an audience of potential affiliates.
Commander Robert J. Tosatto moderated the session,
opening and closing the panel with key aspects of
the national program, and sharing a brief video by
Burns, UMV MRC coordinator, discusses public health
Burns explained public health interventions, drawing
on threat risks and responses in the Upper Merrimack
MRC speakers at NDMS were Nancy Burns, Paula
Martel, Robert Tosatto, Wendy Wilderman, and
described the response of her unit to areas destroyed
by the Florida hurricanes in 2004. Linda Glaser talked
about her veterinary MRC in Minnesota. Paula Martel
discussed a mental health deployment in Las Vegas.