The COVID-19 pandemic and recent fires raging throughout the greater Monterey County region have highlighted the need for increased engagement by physicians and other advanced level providers in emergency response in the region. The Cypress Foundation, as susidiary 501(c)(3) organization of the Monterey County Medical Society has made application to form a unit of the Medical Reserve Corps.

Monterey County physicians interested in volunteering and helping to support these efforts in Monterey County, please contact Lara Jung, Program Manager of The Cypress Foundation at (831) 455-1008 or email


Proposed Mission of the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps in Monterey!

To ensure the health, safety, and resiliency of our communities by providing medical care during natural or man-made disasters and public health emergencies.

About the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps in Monterey!

The Doctors Medical Reserve Corps will enlist and train doctors and other advanced level providers to volunteer and support the public health and emergency response systems within their communities and ensure its members are ready to deploy to alternative care sites, evacuation shelters, and for surge capacity assistance to medical facilities when called upon.

Members of the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps will be provided the training required to work within the Incident Command structure of existing county emergency response systems to provide enhanced surge capacity, triage, and emergency health services in the event of public health emergencies and disasters such as pandemics, fires, earthquakes, or terrorist events.

Proposed Members.

You don’t need any prior disaster response experience or training to join the DMRC. 

Members of the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps may be a:
1) Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), or a recognized international equivalent
2) Retired Doctor with a current medical license

Associate Members of the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps include:
1) Physician Resident and Medical Student
2) Retired Doctor without a current medical license

Affiliate Members of the Doctors Medical Reserve Corps include:
1) Spouse or partner of Members
2) Physician Assistant (within a current member practice)
3) Physician Assistant in training (under the direction of a credentialed university program)

Related Resources

Physicians living and/or working in Santa Cruz County can volunteer for the Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps by clicking here.

Disaster trainings are alsp available through the American Red Cross by clicking here.