Saba University School of Medicine is an accredited institution situated on the Dutch island of Saba in the Caribbean. Since 1992, we’ve enabled more than 2,500 graduates to achieve their goal of becoming a qualified doctor by providing excellent medical training. We keep our class sizes small and employ expert faculty, all of whom have an advanced medical and/or doctoral degrees.

Top reasons to study here

  • The fees are significantly more affordable than US and Canadian medical schools of a similar quality.
  • The University keeps the class sizes small to ensure you get personalized attention from our expert faculty.
  • The students achieve excellent results on their USMLE Step 1 exam. Between 2015 and 2019, the USMLE Step One pass rate averaged 99% and 2019,the first time USM.

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About

History

Saba University was established in 1992 and has since become one of the top providers of medical education in the Caribbean. Saba offer an affordable alternative to US and Canadian medical schools without compromising on quality. Since its founding, Saba University has had more than 2,500 successful graduates who have gone on to work at some of the top hospitals in the US and Canada. 

Education

Saba University offers an excellent medical program which prepares students for their future clinical careers. You’ll begin by studying the Basic Sciences curriculum to build up your knowledge of the human body and how medicine is used to treat it in states of disease. You’ll then progress onto the Clinical Medicine program in which you’ll participate in a series of core and elective clinical rotations. 

These are used to help you put into practice all the theoretical knowledge you’ve developed. Core clinical rotations cover five areas: General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry. 

Research

Research is important at Saba University so before you embark upon your clinical training, you’ll complete a research module. Through this you’ll learn about the processes of reviewing medical literature, developing a testable hypothesis and assessing findings from a study. 

To showcase what you’ve learned, you will be required to write a research paper. Students are also encouraged to conduct independent research projects alongside their programs of study.  

Career

The Basic Sciences curriculum is thorough and constantly updated to align with contemporary medical research. As such, you will be well prepared for your career as a medical professional. 

The clinical rotations are integrated into the program to help you develop the skills to be a doctor and to help you decide whether there is an area you might want to specialize in in the future. Rotations are a good way to study different fields of medicine and try them ahead of applying for a residency. 

Services

Housing services

In your first semester you’ll be required to live in on-campus accommodation to help you integrate into life at medical school. You’ll either stay in the Matthew Dorm which accommodates up to 38 students or the Hillside Dorm which accommodates up to 24 students. After this, most students move into off-campus accommodation. Generally, apartments come fully furnished and include towels, fans, linen and other utilities .

Library services

The Saba University campus contains a fully equipped library with all the texts students need to get through the USMLE Step 1. Students have access to full text journals as well as bibliographic information as a result of university subscriptions to major research publications and educational web services. 

ICT services

The Saba University campus has wireless capability throughout. All our classrooms come equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids including flat-screen displays, multimedia capability, video-microscope cameras and LCD projectors. Students can also access Panopto which contains recordings of all lectures. 

Medical services

Saba island has a clinic that provide services to students. 

Student Life

Campus life

Saba University has its own campus located in The Bottom, the capital of Saba Island. Located near Mount Scenery, the most beautiful hiking spot on the island, Saba University is close to shops. 

The campus is well equipped and you’ll have everything you need to help you become a successful doctor. This includes a gross anatomy lab with cadavers, lecture halls, a Clinical Skills Training Center, patient examination rooms and interactive small group learning facilities that come with the latest multimedia learning systems. Additionally, Saba University has a fully equipped test center which simulates the conditions of the USMLE Step 1. 

Sports facilities

Within Saba University accommodation, students will have access to fitness facilities. Students will also have access to a range of watersports. The island is also a great place to hike. 

Student clubs

Saba University offers a range of student organizations to help you integrate into life on the island and at the university. Some of these include: Student Government Association, The Student’s Association for the Advancement of Professional Development, Women’s Medical Student Association and Significant Others of Saba. 

Saba also offers a range of religious associations including Muslim Students Association, Christian Students Association and Jewish Students Club.

Accreditation

Saba University is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This body uses standards that are similar to those used by accrediting bodies for US and Canadian medical schools. Saba is also approved by New York, California and Florida.

The Bottom, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (former Netherlands Antilles)

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