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Student Experiences

By working with one of the largest health systems in the Southeast and other community organizations, Furman students are exposed to dozens of programs in clinical and non-clinical settings. Students can explore potential professions through volunteering, interning, shadowing, research, or specialized courses. These experiences put Furman students at the forefront of modern medicine. The IACH helps to coordinate existing experiences and form new ones.

The IACH works closely with the Office of Health Careers Advising and other academic departments to identify ways to enhance and improve the educational experience of the next generation of health care providers.

Getting Involved

To start creating your health care experience, fill out the Healthcare Internship and Clinical Experience Interest Form.

Apply for the Prisma Health-Upstate Clinical Observation Program.

If you have met with our office, access the Student Database of Experiences & Internships to plan your academic pathway.

Be sure to visit the Office of Pre-Health Career Advising to plan your academic pathway.

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Prisma Health Internship | Mahmood Syed

Furman students have the opportunity to get real-world experience through unique partnerships. Mahmood Syed spent time at Prisma Health gathering valuable experience in healthcare.



Featured Student Programs

The Medical Legal Partnership

Students can participate as interns at the Medical Legal Partnership. On the medical side of the partnership, they meet with patients and their families to screen for health-harming legal problems, and on the legal side they draft complaints, investigate claims and observe in court. The work that interns observe and participate in is not only useful to the MLP but also in shaping students’ understanding of their own potential. The interns prepare for a world in which the definition of health care is rapidly expanding. Learn more about the Medical Legal Partnership.

Prisma Health Clinical Observation Program

The Clinical Observation Program allows students to observe physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists and other healthcare providers from various departments within the hospital system. Students can see day-to-day work and understand how regulations and administration may impact their work to facilitate informed career choices. Apply online now.

Innovative Courses

Furman University builds upon the typical technical curriculum required of pre-health students by offering courses in Medical Spanish, Medical Ethics, Medical Sociology, Social Determinants of Health, and “Poverty, Medicine, and Law.” To plan your academic pathway, visit the Office of Pre-Health Advising.

SC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Furman students were the first undergraduate students in the country to be trainees in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Traditionally offered as graduate-level training, the program is designed to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. Trainees complete a wide range of activities over the course of a year, including clinical observations, community networking, family panels, online coursework, and a leadership project. To learn more, contact Dr. Erin Hahn.