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. The process for shadowing begins with:

  • You must be 16 years or older
  • Email Health Career Pipeline with your detailed interest in shadowing, along with these 2 completed forms:
  • Vaccinations, please note this form includes proof of negative Tuberculosis status, which is required for all shadows and can take some time to have completed.
  • Confidentiality
  • Once the Manager, Health Career Pipeline gets your email and completed forms, you will be contacted.
  • Surgery shadows require additional paperwork which will be sent if a surgery shadow is requested.
  • Please note, at this time, surgery shadows will take longer to fulfill.
  • Every attempt will be made to accommodate shadowing requests, but please note this process can take at least 3-6 weeks to complete.

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 will help you make the most out of your shadowing experience.

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

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 looking over this Mentor/Mentee FAQ PDF. If you are interested in being a mentor, contact Janell Lewis

Medical Explorers Program

The Medical Explorers Program has decided to take a small break to make some program adjustments. The program will return in the spring, please keep visiting this page for updates or contact Janell Lewis with any questions.


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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