The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) is a nationally run nonprofit organization comprising of medical students from various medical schools across the country. Essentially, we are an organisation run by medical students for medical students and the greater communities of our beautiful nation. Our members, all of whom serve on a voluntary basis, have a passion for both medicine and creating positive change in the South African and global communities at large.
SAMSA has been around since the 1960s but became dormant for many years. Subsequently, in 2013, a group of 5 medical students from 5 medical schools across South Africa collaborated to re-establish SAMSA and relaunch our “new and improved” organization in 2014. As medical students, and future doctors, we are in the privileged position to fuel and drive the creation of a brighter future in the healthcare sector and for the community at large. SAMSA has taken shape to create a network of medical students who support and encourage each other to make this positive change. Furthermore, by recruiting members from all over the country, SAMSA allows members to create a national movement and a scope of influence far outreaching that of a single university. SAMSA also aims to create opportunities for professional development and acts as a representative voice for all South African medical students. Our projects are chosen, coordinated and funded on a national level. They are then carried out by our corresponding divisions on a local level. They aim to encompass our 4 Pillars or Portfolios: Student Representation, Outreach, Collaboration and Professional Development.
If you have any questions or wish to join SAMSA, feel free to drop us a message and we shall try and get to them as soon as we can!