Student/Resident Experiences And Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH)
The SEARCH program provides health professions students and residents with
opportunities to work on interdisciplinary health care teams.
Currently, 21 states and U.S. territories offer SEARCH programs,
extending a unique, hands-on, primary care training experience
working with people in underserved rural and urban areas. Applicants
who qualify for the program will be placed in a community where
they can make a difference through NHSC's network of primary care
associations and primary care offices.
Benefits for students and residents:
- Training in culturally diverse community-based systems of care
- Working with patients and communities to help them reach beneficial health decisions
- Learning about culturally competent, community-responsive health care
- Gaining skills in delivering primary health care services by working with mentors
Benefits for communities:
- Gaining access to academic resources
- Networking with State and regional organizations
- Assistance to develop and perform health promotion and disease prevention activities
- Recruitment of future health care clinicians
- Preceptorship opportunities for medical staff
Sites are located in rural and urban communities across the country; 90 percent of sites are in health professional shortage or medically underserved areas. Length of placement and stipend policies vary, depending on the State or regional sponsoring organization.
To qualify for the SEARCH program, you must have started your training as a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, certified nurse-midwife, dentist, dental hygienist, or mental and behavioral health professionals, including health service psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and psychiatric nurse specialist. Students who have NHSC scholarships are given priority for the SEARCH program.
View the list of participating
States or call 301-594-4165 for more information.
If you are a clinician and would be interested in serving as a preceptor or mentor, please View the list of participating States and contact the person listed to find out more.