By Katinka Podmaniczky


The Boston Public Health Commission is bringing blockbuster action to the big – and small – screen to recruit volunteers for the Boston Medical Reserve Corps. Whether it’s a flu clinic or a city-wide emergency, Boston MRC volunteers are ready when needed to keep Boston safe and healthy.

Volunteers may be called upon to help the city of Boston during public health emergencies, to staff flu clinics, for example, or during large special events like the Fourth of July and the Boston Marathon.

And you don’t even have to be a doctor – or a stuntman! Like the characters in the spot, MRC volunteers are everyday Bostonians, with both medical and non-medical backgrounds.

The lighthearted spot, with cameo appearances by Boston EMS, the Boston Police Department, and Boston MedFlight, will run at the AMC Boston Common 19 and the Regal Fenway 13 through March 8, 2012; as a PSA on local broadcast and cable channels; and on a computer screen near you.

To learn more about volunteering or to sign up, visit

Katinka Podmaniczky is the assistant communications director for the Public Health Commission.