Shirlene Bender, Project Coordinator  337-989-0001 or

The Louisiana SEARCH Program (Students/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health) offers participants a great opportunity to share in the nation’s goal of improving health care access and quality to underserved populations.  Participation in this program will provide the student/resident with the opportunity to make a difference in an underserved community.

Students who are accepted into this program will be placed in a designated primary health care facility in an underserved area where they can put their classroom experiences into practice.


For application to this program, students must:

  • have academic good standing
  • have completed at least one year of training in their discipline prior to SEARCH placement
  • be committed to serve the underserved
  • have an interest in community oriented care
  • complete a community project

Students who meet the above criteria and have completed at least one year of training in any of the following disciplines are eligible to apply for SEARCH:

  • Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Dentistry & Dental Hygiene
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family/Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Primary Care Physician Assistance
  • Certified Nurse-Midwifery
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