The National South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) is proud to announce the beginning of our publication initiative. This blog-style format will feature written work, from creative work to scholarly pieces, written by National SAMSA members across the country.

We invite you to submit your work for consideration:

“Dr. Patel, the Psychiatrist”

It took some time to really sit down and realize it, but just as Indians aren’t immune from any medical conditions, we aren’t immune from the psychiatric conditions either.

When Death Was Knocking At the Door: A Resident’s Story From the 60’s

Growing up in an immigrant household, I’m always surprised by the unimaginable stories my relatives nonchalantly slip into conversation, seemingly unaware of how incredible their journeys are. Since many of my family members are doctors, I anticipated hearing more about their specific journeys once I made the decision to pursue medicine. However, I avoided conversations about medicine since they all diverged back to the question, “Have you heard back from any schools yet?”, exacerbating an already stressful application process. Now, as a second-year medical student, I have transitioned beyond that question. I am able to explore further into their lives as doctors.

Indians’ Stigma Around Mental Health, and How Yoga Could Break It

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. According to the Indian Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India needs at least 13,000 psychiatrists, to achieve the ideal ratio based on its population size, but … Continue reading Indians’ Stigma Around Mental Health, and How Yoga Could Break It

South Asian Health Awareness About Stroke (SAHAS) Publication by Aayush Visaria

Aayush Visaria, National SAMSA’s research chair and MS4 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, recently published the following study in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (19 August 2020): “Effectiveness of a Cultural Stroke Prevention Program in the United States—South Asian Health Awareness About Stroke (SAHAS)”

SAMSA Publications

The National South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) is proud to announce the beginning of our publication initiative. This blog-style format will feature written work, from creative work to scholarly pieces, written by National SAMSA members across the country. If you are interested in writing for our blog, please see our website for submission guidelines!