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Health Career Pipeline Program

What is the Health Career Pipeline program?

MaineHealth works with diverse youth and young adults across Maine to stimulate interest in health careers and to encourage them to pursue those careers in Maine. Through this program we offer educational experiences to students ranging from grade school through college. Opportunities include:

  • Job Shadowing: Job shadowing experiences are available for eligible candidates (please note, medical students are not eligible).
  • Medical Explorers Program: This nationwide program offers a variety of activities designed to encourage interest in health care in high school students.
  • On-Site Presentations: We can come to your school or other location to talk about the value of a health career and will adapt our presentation to fit your audience.
  • Connections: We can help connect interested students with health care career resources and mentors.
  • Internships: Learn more about various internship opportunities across the MaineHealth system.

Training Opportunities Within the MaineHealth System

Below are some of the opportunities available to those who are interested in pursuing a health career:


Please contact Janell Lewis, Health Career Pipeline Program Manager either by phone, 207-662-8751 or email:

Shadowing Experiences

Shadowing a health care provider is a great way to get a better understanding of various health professions. Please note, participants must be 16 years or older and medical students are not eligible for this program.

To apply:

  • Send an email to Janell Lewis explaining what type of shadow experience you are interested in. It’s always good to offer a few options. Be sure to include the following two forms:
    • Vaccinations (This form includes a request for proof of negative Tuberculosis status, which is required for all participants and may take some time to obtain.)
    • Confidentiality
  • Once we receive your completed forms, your request will be reviewed and we will contact you about the program. Please note:
    • Every attempt will be made to accommodate shadowing requests, but the approval process can take three to six weeks.
    • Requests for surgery shadowing may take longer and will require additional paperwork, which will be sent if appropriate.

Once you are accepted, we want to help you make the most of your shadowing experience. Review our list of shadowing FAQs to learn about what to bring to your first day, how to dress appropriately, and other helpful tips.

Mentor and Mentee Preparation

Mentoring and being mentored can have a profound and positive impact on both the mentor and the mentee. Learn about the responsibilities and expectations of both a mentor and mentee by reading this Mentor/Mentee FAQ PDF. If you are interested in being a mentor, contact Janell Lewis.

Medical Explorers Program

The free, 8 week, Medical Explorers Program is currently full for the fall 2020 session. If you have an interest in participating in this session, would like to be put on a waiting list or have questions, please email Janell Lewis. Participation is first come/first serve.


Finance Authority of Maine (FAME): This resource provides loan repayment options for those wanting to live and work in Maine. Look under Maine Grants and Loan Programs.

Association of American Medical Colleges: Everything you need to know about medical schools.

STEM Sisters: University of Southern Maine project to help girls in Portland, Maine learn more about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Medline Plus Health Occupations: Learn about the many health careers available.

Explore Health Careers: See which health career is best for you.

Medical Mentor: Are you a struggling Maine college student looking for guidance on attending medical school? This resource can help.

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