SEARCH Information For Students/Residents:
The Massachusetts SEARCH program was created to provide health professions students and residents with rotational experiences in community health centers that are designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The experience allows students/residents to train within a multidisciplinary health care team model and practice culturally competent, community-minded care.
The Massachusetts SEARCH program offers health profession students and resident the following opportunities:
- Greater Boston SEARCH Program:
A Multi-cultural Urban Learning Experience - The proximity of community health centers, cultural and ethnic populations and academia, provides a rich opportunity for SEARCH in Greater Boston area.
- Have interest in community-oriented care, commitment to serve the underserved, appreciation of cultural diversity
- Have completion of at least one year of training prior to placement
- Have good academic standing
- Obtain liability coverage through academic institution or private insurer
- Residents must be in a primary care residency program
- Complete a community project
- Complete pre and post questionnaire and written summary of community project
- Agree to be tracked for 8 years after completion of SEARCH experience to determine choice of clinical specialty, residency or further training; and/or first practice location
- Train in culturally diverse and multidisciplinary community-based systems of care
- Learn about culturally competent, community-responsive health care
- Gain skills in delivering primary health care services by working with mentors
- Summer or academic year placements in rural and urban settings
- A stipend for housing and/or transportation may be available
Health profession students and residents interested in primary care: physicians; dentists; dental hygienists; clinical psychologists; clinical social workers; psychiatric nurse specialists; marriage and family therapists; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; and certified nurse-midwives. Students/residents must also:
SEARCH experiences may be completed by students as non-credit or credit activity. Experiences completed for academic credit must incorporate SEARCH criteria into the elective course, externship, internship, rotation, or fellowship and the institution's faculty and the student acknowledge the partnership of the SEARCH program in reports, publications, and presentations that are outcomes of the experience.