Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 


Established in 1997, The South Asian Medical and Dental Association (SAMDA) represents the official Tufts chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). SAMDA serves to bring together students from both the medical and dental schools at Tufts University with the idea of working together and learning about issues pertinent to South Asian health professionals. To share our culture with the Tufts community, we sponsor events such as cultural shows, our annual Diwali dinner, chai socials, and much more! SAMDA also organizes community service and outreach efforts in our local community. We sponsor guest speakers and hold help sessions for members to practice basic medical and dental skills. SAMDA has many members and is open to everyone, not just South Asians. We have a lot of great stuff planned for this year and look forward to seeing some new faces as we welcome in the D26 class!


1) Our annual Diwali dinner banquet
2) Oral health outreach at local temples and mosques
3) Educational lunch and learns
4) Chai Social

More Info

If you have any ideas for SAMDA or events you’d like to see from us, feel free to reach out to us on our socials! Follow us to stay up to date on upcoming events! IG: @tufts_samda FB: @Tufts SAMDA Email:

2022-2023 E-board Contacts

President: Nikita Murarka, D23 ( )
Vice-President: Nafisah Din, D23 ( )
Secretary: Sufun Ghotra, D23 (
IS Representative: Arooj Sarfraz, IS23 (
D24 Representative: Humza Syed, D24 (
D25 Representative: Irveen Singh, D25 (