Founded by medical students in 2020, the South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) is a national organization determined to unify medical students’ efforts to address South Asian health. We are committed to supporting medical students, promoting research initiatives and advocacy efforts, and addressing the needs of the South Asian American community. We invite you to join SAMSA in our mission to improve cultural competency in the next generation of physician-leaders. Learn more about how you can become involved by checking out the links below:

Join one of our many chapters across the nation, or create one of your own!

Check out our recent publications

Medicine on the Harbor

Samir Cayenne Excerpt: This piece was written to explore the history and importance of the harbour system, manned by predominately minority communities and its historical contribution to the development of healthcare as a whole. As a current first-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he also formerly worked as…

Obesity in Pakistan: A Silent Epidemic

Muzamil Murtaza Choudhry Excerpt: “The stigma around mental health among Indians has created a barrier for Indians looking to seek mental health care and a dearth of Indian mental health providers. I am an Indian-American. I grew up in a close-knit family with my parents and grandparents, and I noticed this stigma in my family.…

Interpretation of ethnicity-specific data: increased risk versus increased utilisation

Alizah Ali, Fariha Hameed, Bharath Nagaraj and Aayush Visaria recently published the following study in the British Journal of General Practice: “Interpretation of ethnicity-specific data: increased risk versus increased utilisation.” Excerpt: “It was with great pleasure we read the article by Robson et al titled ‘NHS Health Checks: an observational study of equity and outcomes 2009–2017’. We would like to offer additional…


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I think the extreme complexity of medicine has become more than an individual clinician can handle. But not more than teams of clinicians can handle.

Atul Gawande