Health Career Pipeline Program

What is a Health Career Pipeline?

We want to keep Mainers healthy, Pipeline is an effort to reach out to diverse youth and young adults in all Maine communities to enhance and stimulate an interest in health careers and encourage individuals to keep those careers in Maine.

How do we do this?

We offer programming and experiences to interested students. These students can range from grade school through college.

What do we offer?

The Health Career Pipeline Program offers a variety of opportunities and experiences which include:

  • Securing shadowing experiences for eligible candidates
  • The Medical Explorers Program, a nationwide program offering a variety of activities designed to encourage high school age students (grade 9-12) interest in health care.
  • Presentations: we can come to your school or other location to talk about the value of a health career and much more. We can adapt any presentation to fit your audience.
  • Connections: we can help connect interested students with resources, mentors and health career exploration.


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. We can assist with finding a variety of shadowing experiences. We will need you to fill out this form to prove that your vaccinations are current and are negative for Tuberculosis (TB) and this confidentiality form.

Please note, you must be at least 16 years old to be considered.

Shadowing Preparation

With shadowing, comes many frequently asked questions. Learn about what to bring to your first day of shadowing, how to dress appropriately, and other beneficial tips by looking over this Shadowing FAQ PDF. Following the tips on this PDF

Send completed forms to Janell Lewis detailing what type of shadow experience you are seeking. It’s always good to offer a few options.

Medical Explorers Program

Medical Explorers is a nationwide program offering a variety of activities designed to encourage high school age students (grade 9-12) interest in health care. Activities include guest speakers, group discussion, lectures, question and answer sessions and hands-on projects. In addition, the program offers networking and mentor-ship. Areas of emphasis include health care careers, life skills, community service, character development and leadership experience. MMC is pleased to offer the first Maine Medical Explorers in southern Maine. The quality and growth of this program depends on its students, we encourage you to join!

Most Medical Explorer meetings are held Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM throughout the school year at the Dana Health Education Center at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street in Portland.

We have created a flyer for anyone to use to share information about the Medical Explorers Program. Please feel free to print and distribute as needed.

Join Us

If you are interested in joining Maine Medical Explorer Post #22, please contact Laura Marles at 207-229-9993 or email Janell Lewis. Prior to attending a meeting, please fill out the Application and Permission Form and bring it with you on your first night. There is a one-time fee of $25.00. Please have a check or money order payable to 'The Pine Tree Council. Please do not send or bring cash. To learn more about our bylaws and procedures, click here.


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.