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How can I volunteer as a health care professional or join the Medical Reserve Corps? What if I’m retired, out of state, licensed in a foreign country, or just graduated with a degree in a health care-related field?

Last Updated: 01/12/2022

Medical Reserve Corps

New Jersey is calling on retired health care professionals with vaccination skills to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Register As a New Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Here

The MRC is a network of community-based, locally organized units comprised of volunteers who help ensure their communities are healthy, prepared, and resilient. MRC volunteers are pre-identified, pre-registered, trained, and exercised. In addition to promoting healthy living throughout the year, MRC volunteers are especially vital during emergencies and disasters when paid public health and emergency response assets are overwhelmed.

In New Jersey there are 24 MRC Units housed within local health departments. Each county in New Jersey has at least one Medical Reserve Corps Unit. MRC health professional volunteers include nurses, pharmacists, EMTs, doctors, counselors, social workers, and veterinarians. MRC community health volunteers provide services such as language translation/interpretation, education and outreach, hospitality, food services, reception, logistics, security, and assistance to individuals with disabilities, access and functional needs.

TEMPORARY LICENSES

Retired Health Care Professionals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division of Consumer Affairs issued temporary emergency licenses to individuals who retired within the last five years. Since that date, the State has made great strides in the fight against COVID-19.

To support this continued progress, the Division has determined all licenses issued under the program will be extended through January 11, 2022. After this date, all reactivated retiree licenses will expire. Learn more about the program through the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Out-Of-State Health Care Professionals

In response to COVID-19, the State of New Jersey waived certain regulatory provisions regarding licensure of health care practitioners through reciprocity. These waivers allowed health care providers licensed in other states to obtain New Jersey temporary licensure and provide services to New Jersey patients either through telemedicine, or in-person.

All TERLs issued to healthcare professionals in Group 1 expired on June 30, 2021.

All TERLs issued to healthcare professionals in Group 2 professions (see list here) have been extended until further notice. In addition, the TERL program has been reopened for all Group 2 health care professionals, and will accept new applications for TERL licenses from qualified out-of-state practitioners.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Foreign-Licensed Physicians

As part of the State's effort to combat COVID-19, physicians who were licensed in another country, but living in the United States, could apply for a temporary emergency license to practice medicine in New Jersey---the first program of its kind in the country.

New applications are no longer being accepted, and pending applications are currently on hold as temporary emergency licensure programs undergo review. For more information, visit the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs program page.

Recent Graduates Of Health Care Programs

The Division of Consumer Affairs has created a program to grant temporary emergency licenses to recent graduates of certain health care programs who have not yet been able to take and pass their licensing exams.

After ending the program in June 2021, the Division has reopened the program to eligible individuals who graduated from a qualifying educational program within the past six months, or who graduate prior to January 11, 2022. Individuals who previously held emergency graduate licenses, however, are ineligible for the reopened program, regardless of date of graduation.

All emergency graduate licenses will expire at the close of business on January 11, 2022.

To learn more, visit the Division of Consumer Affairs' program page.

Source: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200417a.shtml; http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200417/3e/cc/f1/be/dc41b6f41c318111f2294f9f/FAQ-Foreign-Licensed-Doctor-Program.pdf;