FLORIDA AHEC SEARCH . . .
PREPARING HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENTS FROM DIVERSE
BACKGROUNDS FOR FUTURE CLINICAL PRACTICE IN ONE OF FLORIDA’S UNDERSERVED
The Florida Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) program provides opportunities for health professions students and residents to serve on multidisciplinary health care teams in underserved communities throughout the state of Florida. Florida SEARCH supports the mission of the National Health Service Corps Program (NHSC) which is to ensure access to primary health care services by underserved communities and vulnerable populations through the recruitment and retention of primary health care professionals in federally designated primary care, dental and mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Florida SEARCH Opportunities
SEARCH provides opportunities for students to put their classroom experiences in
practice in a health care setting and to
train on multidisciplinary primary health care teams. The SEARCH
curriculum is designed to nurture the development
of culturally competent, community focused primary care and allied
health care providers.
SEARCH students will select one of five clinical track rotations for a
6-week community-based clinical experience at a community health center.
Students will form interdisciplinary teams comprising of three students
SEARCH scholars will receive a $3,000 stipend payable upon the successful completion
of clinical rotation requirements. In
addition to the clinical experience, students will be required to
complete the following: a community project proposal, an assessment of the
community, a community project as part of the interdisciplinary team and
participate in three webinars prior to the summer experience. A project report
or PowerPoint presentation and a 2 page reflection paper on the student’s
experience will be required as well.
Students are expected to participate in a statewide networking meeting
with other scholars and preceptors and participate in the group presentation of
their community project.
NHSC-scholars and non-NHSC scholars from the following health
professions will be recruited to participate in Florida SEARCH: allopathic and
osteopathic residents in family medicine, general internal medicine, general
pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry; medical students, dentists and dental
hygienists; clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse
specialists, marriage and family therapists; family/primary care nurse
practitioners; primary care physician assistants; and certified nurse-midwives. Students
completing at least one year of the health professional training program that
are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Florida SEARCH 2012
Applications are being accepted for June - July, 2012 SEARCH Rotations
Applications are due by January 30, 2012
Follow this link to start the application process
SEARCH Application For Reference Only – pdf version
For more information, contact
Debbie Hawkins, SEARCH Project Manager
UF AHEC Program Office
2750 Suite 102, NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, Florida 32606
352-273-8530 or 352-392-1022 (fax)
This program is funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human
Health Resources and Services Administration.