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.
Idaho SEARCH participants serve from four to seven week preceptorships in Idaho’s rural and frontier communities and other underserved areas. Participants receive a stipend to offset expenses associated with the rotation. As part of their experience, participants complete a community/clinical project that will benefit the community/clinic where they serve their rotation. We encourage community participation, not only through the project requirement but interacting with the residents; by enjoying local school plays, events put on by civic organizations, local sports, fairs, and other community events.
The Idaho SEARCH Program presents a unique opportunity for health professional students to experience what it is like to practice in our most rural and underserved areas. They gain experience and knowledge not only about the differences between urban and rural/frontier practices but also the effects of cultural diversity, ethnic differences, and environmental, socio-economic, and geographical diversification.
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.
National Health Service Corps and the State of Idaho