University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program


Vermont SEARCH

Student/Resident Experiences & Rotations in Community Health

Vermont Search Aim: Enhance and Expand Elective Community-Based Rotations and Service-Learning Opportunities for Health Professions Students

It is critical to support strong links among health profession education programs, healthcare workforce stakeholders, and communities. This is evidenced by the fact that 42% of primary care physicians currently practicing in Vermont were trained at the UVM College of Medicine and/or Fletcher Allen Health Care residency program. Fostering these links is essential to sustain and grow our health care workforce and thereby maintain access to health care for all Vermonters.

The goal of this program is to establish Vermont SEARCH as a collaboration among the UVM College of Medicine; the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences; residency programs at the academic medical center; the Vermont AHEC Network and the communities they serve; as well as primary care practices throughout the state. This will be facilitated in cooperation with the Vermont State Offices of Primary Care and Rural Health, the Bi-State Primary Care Association, rural primary care practices, regional hospitals, federal partners e.g., the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and other collaborators.

These experiences give students a deeper understanding of primary care in a rural Vermont community, serving underserved populations, the important role of the community, and of the challenges and rewards of this work and setting.

2011 Summer SEARCH Projects

Primary Care Quality Improvement in Inter-Professional Settings: Geriatrics

During 2011, summer projects in geriatrics were offered in each of the three AHEC regions (Champlain Valley AHEC, Northeastern Vermont AHEC, and Southern Vermont AHEC). These projects may be built upon in subsequent years, based on the project outcomes and recommendations of the collaborative community partners. Two Vermont SEARCH Scholars will be selected for each project to form an interdisciplinary team. Each SEARCH Scholar will be paired with a Vermont SEARCH Preceptor in their own discipline, and will be connected to a variety of community mentors, including an education resource professional from the regional AHEC, and others defined by the scope and objectives of the project. The duration of the Vermont SEARCH summer projects will be four weeks “in the field.”

The SEARCH program is competitive. Health professions students throughout the country are eligible to apply. Must be a U.S. Citizen and must have completed first year of training and be making satisfactory academic progress. See the Program Overview and Application for more details.

Contact AHEC and Vermont SEARCH at (802) 656-2179 or email Denis Barton at for more information about Vermont SEARCH rotations during the academic year or summer SEARCH opportunities.

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