Madison Ritter Furman University

Class of 2017
Springboro, Ohio

I come from a family background having nothing to do with medicine...The only way I’ve had a connection to the medical field is through Furman.

Madison Ritter has put in the class time. She’s shadowed doctors in multiple specialties. She spent two summers doing laboratory research. But as she completes her senior year at Furman, she’s adding a unique piece to her undergraduate experiences – she’s working directly with patients, in the emergency room at North Greenville Hospital in Travelers Rest.

“A huge part of medicine is unspoken and is hard to teach,” Ritter says.

That’s the part she’s learning now, in the ER, one patient at a time.

“It expands your own idea of what a person’s health is and what exactly that means,” Ritter says.

Ritter is part of a team of about a dozen Furman students working with Greenville Health System (GHS) on a project to boost participation in MyChart, an online portal where patients can access their records and communicate with physicians.

The team is one of the first new partnerships to be supported by Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health.

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