Eastern Maine Area Health Education Center

The Eastern Maine Area Health Education Center (EMAHEC) supports placement and training of over 300 each year: physician, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, counseling, physical therapy, and other students for internships and field education.

The Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network’s mission is to alleviate health workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas of the state. AHEC supports that effort by working with academic and community partners to:

  • Provide rural, community-based clinical training experiences for medical and other health professions students
  • Encourage Maine youth and mid-career professionals to explore health careers
  • Support practicing health professionals with continuing education and distance learning opportunities

Learn about Externship/Clinical Rotation Opportunities
Learn about Job Shadow Opportunities

More information:


Jennifer White, MBA

Jennifer WhiteDirector of Eastern Maine AHEC
207-992-9200 ext. 1440

Jennifer White, was born in Bangor, ME and raised in Enfield, ME, attending Penobscot Valley High School graduating in 1992.  Following graduation, she attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle for three semesters.  With a strong desire to see the world, she joined the United States Navy in July 1994 and retired following 20 years of honorable service in August 2014.  While on Active Duty Jennifer was a Hospital Corpsman assigned to many medical facilities around the world.  Her favorite tour was in Sicily with her most rewarding tour serving as a Recruit Division Commander helping to mold civilians into Sailors.  Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Northeastern University. Jennifer joined Penobscot Community Health Care in September 2014 as the Director of Training and was promoted to the Director of Eastern Maine AHEC in February 2017.  She has a passion for educating and mentoring students.  When she is not working she enjoys time with family and friends.  She is the proud parent of two cats named Teddy and Frankie and a Black Lab named Baxter.

Mary Donovan

AHEC Coordinator
207-992-9200 ext. 1156

Mary Donovan started working at Penobscot Community Health Care as an Administrative Assistant in February 2016 when she moved back to Maine after living out of state for several years. In February 2017, she was promoted to the Human Resources Training and Project Coordinator and the AHEC Coordinator. She works to onboard AHEC volunteers and students, coordinates CMEs, is a Basic Life Support instructor, and works on other projects for AHEC and Human Resources. Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC in 2010. After College, she moved to Buffalo, NY where she was an AmeriCorps volunteer. Mary spent five years in Buffalo working as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Immigration Specialist and worked primarily with refugees. Mary is particularly interested in access to health care, health disparities experienced by minorities, and workforce diversity.