Sigma Mu Delta

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Sigma Mu Delta
Sigma Mu Delta crest.jpg
Founded February 9, 1994
UC Davis
Type Professional
Scope Premedical
Motto Praevaleti Uniter
Prevailing Together
Colors      Red
Symbol The Caduceus
Chapters 3 Active
Members 100+ collegiate
400+ lifetime
Nickname SMD
Headquarters Davis, California

Sigma Mu Delta (ΣΜΔ) is a pre-medical fraternity founded at University of California, Davis in 1994. It is the first organization of its kind on the West coast. Currently, Sigma Mu Delta has chapters at the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Membership is not limited to just pre-med students, but also to those pursuing other health care fields.


Alpha Chapter – University of California, Davis[edit]

Sigma Mu Delta was founded by eleven pre-medical undergraduates at the University of California at Davis on February 9, 1994. With the shared goal of forming a bond between pre-medical students on campus and of motivating each other in their pursuit of becoming physicians, the eleven founding fathers created a fraternity that was based upon the principles of Brotherhood, Education, and Dedication.

These ideals were first recognized by three of its founding fathers: Roger Fong, Duc Tran, and Loc Trieu. What began as an MCAT study group, these three individuals formed a strong friendship. Even after the MCAT, their support for one another continued as there existed an unselfishness of teaching, learning, and sharing among them. It was this strong bond that made them feel more confident in their studies and medical school application process.

Soon thereafter, having realized the benefits of sharing knowledge and experience among peers, the three expanded their circle of friendship to the eleven young men who would form the Founding Class of Sigma Mu Delta's Alpha Chapter. These eleven individuals established the rituals and symbols of the fraternity, and developed the ceremonies of initiation and activation, which have been carried out during each pledge term. They successfully created a strong foundation for future brothers of the fraternity to rely upon as pledges and actives.

Beta Chapter – University of California, Berkeley[edit]

Fall 2003 marked a turning point in SMD's history. After nearly ten years since its conception, the Fraternity took its first step toward expansion. Under the guidance of Pledge Master Edward Po and Pledge Father Sam Soltani, 20 premedical undergraduates from the University of California, Berkeley became the Charter Class, and the first members of the Beta Chapter. The 20 founding members were a diverse group that became united in the ultra-competitive atmosphere of Berkeley's premedical community. The guidance, networking, and mutual support have contributed to the Chapter's astonishing 100% acceptance rate to graduate and medical school as of Spring 2007.

The process of becoming a well-known organization on campus is due in part by the collective work of its members. The brothers of the Beta Chapter have been dedicated leaders on campus and in the community, from ASUC senators to city commissioners and even military personnel. SMD is also affiliated with Kaplan which sponsors educational presentations and symposia on campus. The high standard of performance in and out of the classroom will ensure that Sigma Mu Delta continues to grow and prosper as the leading pre-medical student organization at Cal.

Gamma Chapter – University of California, Santa Cruz[edit]

Ever encouraged to join Kappa Gamma Delta at UC Santa Cruz, the Alpha Chapter continued its expansion. With Pledge Master Owen Kemp and Pledge Father Stelios Papadopoulos at the reins, the Charter Class was inducted into Sigma Mu Delta in spring 2011. After long hard working process, in the Fall of 2012, the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Mu Delta was officially recognized by the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Member Success[edit]

A number of SMD alumni have gone on to a range of fields including public health, physician assistance, biotechnology, business, law, and teaching. Although collectively accepted to many more schools, below are only listed the health professional schools that alumni have attended or currently attend:

U.S. M.D. Medical Schools

U.S. D.O. Medical Schools

Foreign MD Medical Schools

Dental Schools

Pharmacy Schools

Veterinary Schools




Other Affiliates[edit]

Kappa Gamma Delta is SMD's sister sorority with whom a wide range of events are held each semester. Kappa Gamma Delta often participates in events co-sponsored by Sigma Mu Delta including the MCAT Panel with Kaplan, and the BiAnnual Fraternity Games. Additionally a lodge at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania bears the SMD title.

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