Student Healthcare Leaders

See if the health care world is right for you.

Student Healthcare Leaders (SHL) gives high school students an introduction to the abundant and diverse career opportunities available in health care. This after-school program uses interactive explorations and panel discussions to help young people explore health care, become enlightened about what it includes and engage with health care professionals.

Program details

This program is free for the selected participants. The program takes place at Adventist Health Portland's hospital in southeast Portland. Evening meals are provided during class.

Check out the Fall 2021 graduation video and photos of the cohort as they moved through the program.

Session dates and application

Visit the Student Healthcare Leaders website for the next session's dates and application information.

  • Evening meals will be provided.
  • All students accepted will receive a full scholarship to the program (uniform and supplies included).

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Learn More



Health care is a lot more than just the doctors and nurses. You will learn about all the opportunities available in the medical field — even the nonmedical ones!



A medical center is like a little city. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore behind the scenes of what makes the health care world work. Learn what it takes to be a medical leader — as a doctor, nurse, administrator, technician or support person. Most health care leaders make their decision to be in the medical field while still in high school, so get an early start on your future in health care.



It's never too early to establish a network of mentors and connections. This unique program lets you:

  • Participate in hands-on experiences in a hospital.
  • Meet and talk with some of the leading medical professionals in Portland.
  • Have your questions answered by experts from many diverse parts of health care.