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.
Maine's SEARCH program provides primary care training experiences at the state's rural community health centers and other community based primary care sites. Family Practice residents and medical, family nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students who have completed at least one year of school are considered for rotations. Students and residents with an interest in rural, community-based primary care will benefit most from SEARCH. Nationwide applicants are accepted, with special consideration given to NHSC
Scholars and Maine students fulfilling Access to Medical Education Program requirements.
SEARCH arranges low-cost housing within a reasonable driving distance from sites, often in the home of a community member. A $225 per week stipend is provided for students to defray the cost of housing and travel. Students must have their own automobiles.