Students / Residents Program

Students Who Care

As part of the educational process each student and resident must complete rotations in various disciplines to broaden their understanding and experience. Often time’s students do not have the opportunity to experience working with underserved populations or in rural life. Then, a clinical experience changes their entire perspective and a desire to work in a rewarding environment begins. Today’s community health centers are more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as chronic disease management, clinical affairs, health information technology, and the development and expansion of health centers to continue to serve countless individuals who see access to healthcare for themselves, their children, and their communities.While rotating in the Arizona SEARCH program, students and residents will be able to experience hands-on training from quality preceptors of their discipline. Each student will become involved with the underserved through a community project, and that change of perspective will become very real.

The SEARCH program offers a competitive application process that requires having students with a serious desire for exploring an opportunity with the community health center environment and offering services to the underserved. Qualified applicants will be placed in a rotation (at least 4 weeks in length) at a community health center in Arizona.

Residents and students of the following discipline are encouraged to apply:

  • Medical (MD and DO)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Dental (Dentist and Hygienists)
  • Master’s Level (or higher) Behavioral Health

Qualifications for receiving placement assistance:

  • Must be a primary care discipline.
  • Demonstrate an earnest desire to practice in Primary Care after completing education. (This is demonstrated in the statement section of the application.)
  • All required evaluations are completed and all required documents are submitted.