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 West Virginia SEARCH program provides housing for students. Rural practice and community projects are available. Program participants attend weekly interdisciplinary sessions. Rotations last from 20 to 100 days and are available year round. Out of state students must provide proof of malpractice insurance. All applicants must have completed 1 year of training (DDs must have completed 2 years). There are 30 to 50 slots available each year.