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 North Dakota SEARCH program provides transportation, housing, and meals. Students work in frontier, rural, and community health centers. Positions working with migrant populations, on Indian reservations, and with refugees are available. Malpractice insurance is provided through the University of North Dakota. There are 25 slots available each year.