Medical Reserve Corps
Bosque’s MRC unit is part of a national program that is housed in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General.
Bosque’s MRC unit is part of a national program that is housed in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The MRC is a student-led volunteer organization that has approximately 20% of Bosque upper school students participating. Students can enter the program during their sophomore year. They begin their training with CPR, Blood Borne Pathogen, Incident Command, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and other foundational topics in emergency medicine. During the spring semester, through dual enrollment at CNM, and especially during Winterim week, they complete college coursework to prepare them to take the national Emergency Medical Responder exam. Passing that exam leads to them earning their Medical First Responder’s licensure for the state of New Mexico. Students who are 17 can take the Emergency Medical Technician’s course and become a licensed EMT for the State of New Mexico. The MRC students provide medical first aid and response on campus and at school events. Many also volunteer their services at large community events and in times of disasters. Students operate under the supervision of the program's Medical Director, Michael Richards, MD. Dr. Richards is the executive Physician-in-Chief of UNM Medical Group. He has also served as the medical director for the State of New Mexico EMS Bureau, as well as numerous other emergency medical service agencies. The Bosque program is also facilitated by two faculty/staff licensed Emergency Medical Technicians.