anyone who is planning to attend SABA sept 04. I have been to SABA for three semesters and then transfered to ROSS. The reason being was that I met many students who were graduating from the basic science and who were in the process of writing the USMLEs and most of them did not find that the school, contrary to what it says, prepared them enough for the board exams. I knew two people who aced their basic science classes and repeated their USMLE twice. They told me that only 20 % of the class did pass their USMLE on the first try, but with very poor grade! So never believe what the school tells you about its accomplishments and its quality of education and so forth. Sometimes, they like to exagerate and a lot! And I am not saying that the school does a bad job in MD education. But I can certainly say that it is not at all comparable to Ross or even AUC. My best friend and my cousin attended Ross before me and they encouraged me to transfer and I did. I first decided against Ross and for Saba mainly for tuition costs. But now I am saying it is a lot worth it to pay more and get a better education and good preparation for the board exams. How students succeed at the board exams will determine whether the quality of the MD school is comparable to the US MD schools. Don't forget this important component in studying medicine in the Carribbean or at any foreign MD school. You know that you are going back to the US and will need to pass all the board exams in order to practice. And I am telling you that SABA definitely doesn't prepare you for that task! I have written USMLE-step 1 and did incredibly well, something that I would not have dreamed of doing if I was still at Saba! Please think about this. As someone who have been to both schools (saba and Ross) I definitely see the difference even with respect to labs and lectures. Even though the classes are bigger at Ross, classes are well equiped (very important in medicine) and you get to see presentations very clearly as opposed to Saba were they use pictures and projectors, which only gives you a poor image. Also, at SABA you have to bring or purchase all your lab materials, gloves, microscope and the inetrnet (in libray and computer lab) is so slow that you can easily spend 30 minutes to download only one site. So basically, get a computer and get internet and be prepared to pay up to $ 600/month. Just to give you the math, even though tuition is higher at Ross, my expenses are only $ 1000 higher at Ross because of all the hidden expenses that they don't tell you about at Saba. Also, Saba's library is open only from 2 to 11 and the lab computer closes at 11.
At Ross, all lab materials are free of charge and you can use the labs and microscopes on your free time to study and stuff. The computer lab is open 24 hours and internet is high speed. At Saba, lab time is only during your class and you are not allowed to use it afterwards because other students from other semesters are using it. There is only one lab at Saba. Using the lab to study is a very important component in your MD education because sometimes you need to review some parts of for example a cadavre and you can't do that which is really compromising especially when you have an anatomy lab exam in a week. You would basically have to rely on the books, which are not illustrated thouroughly. These are the many flaws of this school and they are very important to consider, trust me.
I am not rying to discourage you hear but just giving you a realistic perspective of the school. Always communicate with students who have been there and not the administration because they will tell you all kinds of *****to sell their school!
Here are some of other people who have been to SaBA and transfered to Ross just like me: *****@hotmail.com, *****@hotmail.com, *****@hotmail.com and I have more if you need more proof!
Anyway, let me know if you have any questions....take care guys, Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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