Saba University School of Medicine

Introduction

Start your journey towards becoming an MD

Saba University School of Medicine is one of the world’s leading international medical schools, with nearly a 30-year history of educating outstanding physicians.

Saba students earn top residencies at medical centers across the US and Canada. Are you ready to become a Saba doctor?

Discover where Saba is located

For a place free of distractions to focus on the demanding preclinical curriculum of medical school, you won’t do better than Saba.

Located just 28 miles (15 minutes by air) from St. Maarten, the island nation of Saba is small, quiet, and extremely safe with something for everyone to enjoy: from quaint villages and mountain hiking trails to pristine scuba diving and well-regarded inns and restaurants. In short, Saba is a perfect place to study hard and, when time allows, enjoy the best of what the Caribbean has to offer.

The Saba Difference

Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 with a bold vision: to establish an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools that would not only provide excellent medical education and expansive career opportunities but also maintain an affordable tuition.

Why Saba University

Highly credentialed and well-established

More than 25 years and 2,500+ successful graduates later, we’re proud to say that Saba University has lived up to its founding vision.

Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 with a bold vision: to establish an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools that would not only provide excellent medical education and expansive career opportunities but also maintain an affordable tuition.

  • Students are eligible for U.S. Federal and Canadian Provincial Loans
  • Small Class Sizes: Saba is committed to providing a uniquely close relationship between student and teacher
  • Affordable tuition that's 30% to 40% lower than that of comparable medical schools.
  • Residency Placements: From 2013 to 2018 94% of eligible SUSOM graduates attained a residency
  • Between 2015 and 2019, the first time USMLE Step 1 pass rate averaged 99% - a consistently strong performance
  • Distinguished Faculty: Saba faculty have exceptional qualifications, with an advanced degree or doctorate
  • Accreditation: Saba University is a fully accredited medical school
  • Modern campus on a beautiful island in the Caribbean
  • Saba’s curriculum emphasizes greater integration between case-based learning and clinical skills development.

Accreditations and approvals

Saba University School of Medicine is a fully accredited medical school.

Accreditation

Saba University School of Medicine’s M.D. program is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the accrediting body for the Netherlands and Flanders.

Approved by New York, California and Florida

Saba University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools with approvals in the key states of New York, California, and Florida. These states mandate institutional review and approval prior to granting access to clerkship opportunities in their respective states.

Saba University School of Medicine students who successfully complete the requisite licensing examinations are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 U.S. states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized, or licensed Saba University School of Medicine:

  • Approved by the New York State Education Department: In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state.
  • Recognized by the Medical Board of California: Recognition is also necessary for licensure. Additionally, other states follow California’s recognition for the purposes of licensure
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
  • Approved by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

Approved for U.S. Federal Loans

Saba University School of Medicine is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.

Comparability to US Medical School Requirements

The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the accreditation standards used by the NVAO to accredit Saba’s medical program are comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body that accredits M.D.-granting medical programs in the United States.

History of success

For more than 25 years, Saba University School of Medicine has been turning dedicated students into Saba doctors. Some 2,500+ Saba graduates now practice medicine across the U.S. and Canada, and their ongoing success has helped cement Saba’s reputation as a leading medical school.

For the past several years Saba University students have achieved a 99% first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1. In 2017, this rate was a perfect 100%.

Saba University graduates have enjoyed great success in securing residencies. Saba’s success is on par with U.S. medical schools, greater than most U.S. osteopathic schools, and significantly greater than most International medical schools.

In Canada, where access to medical schools and residencies thereafter, is extremely competitive Saba has earned a strong reputation through large numbers of placements in the Canadian Residency Matching System, or CaRMS.

Exceptional value

The extraordinary performance of our students year after year is reason enough to consider Saba a smart choice in medical schools. But Saba is also unique in the value that it brings to students.

Since its founding more than 25 years ago, Saba has worked aggressively to maintain affordable tuition. Thanks to those ongoing efforts, Saba is able to offer its education at a tuition that's 30% to 40% lower than that of comparable medical schools.

This means you will graduate from Saba with a top-tier medical education with less debt than graduates of most other medical schools, but with less debt than graduates of most other medical schools.

Why study on Saba Islands?

  • Beautiful location that’s warm all year round
  • Opportunities for hiking, diving and much more
  • A perfect place to study, free from distractions

Our Program

• 5 semesters Basic Science on Saba island

• 5 semesters of clinical rotations in the US or Canada

Prerequisites

  • General biology or zoology (with lab)
  • Inorganic chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic chemistry/biochemistry (with lab)
  • Physics (recommended)
  • College-level English lit or composition
  • Other social sciences or physical sciences and computer skills

Locations

The Bottom

Address
Church Street
The Bottom, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands

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