The SEARCH program provides health professions students and residents with opportunities to work on interdisciplinary health care teams. Currently, 22 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.
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.
The Alaska SEARCH program offers participants clinical and community experiences. The program provides substantial reimbursement for travel and meals; housing is usually provided for free. Some sites are very remote. Rotations run year-round (average 4 weeks). Participants must have completed 1 year of training and must have malpractice insurance through their main educational program. There are 40 slots available each year.