The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Read More.
Students come to Saba University School of Medicine to take advantage of a focused, accelerated, academic program that will make it possible for them to become licensed in any of the 50 U.S. states and Canada:
Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1986 by leading educators who had a vision for a new kind of medical school – one that would focus on teaching, small class sizes and close student-teacher interaction. We accepted our first class in 1993. Since then, more than 1,300 physicians have earned their M.D. at Saba University.
Shortage of Physicians
The initial impetus for having a new medical school was a concern over the severe shortage of physicians--a concern that remains today. A recent study by the American Medical Association predicts a shortfall in excess of 200,000 physicians in the United States by the year 2020. Canada also predicts a shortage of physicians, especially in primary care.
Saba University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). The United States Department of Education has determined that the ACCM’s accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), to accredit medical schools in the United States and Canada. 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.
Reputation in Canada
In Canada, where access to medical school is even more competitive than in the U.S., Saba has earned a very strong reputation. A significant number of our graduates have completed their residencies in Canadian training programs.
The core ideas that guided Saba University's founding are still in place and have enabled our school to earn a worldwide reputation as a leader in international medical education.
Saba University School of Medicine’s rigorous curriculum and successful track record has been recognized by key licensing authorities in the medical community. Saba University graduates have the ability to be permanently licensed in any of the 50 states in the United States and the provinces of Canada.
Here are the details:
Accreditation and Licensure
Saba University School of Medicine is listed in both the World Health Organization (WHO) directory and the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Saba students are eligible to sit for United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) exams. Saba graduates who successfully pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK and Step 2CS are eligible for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) certification which is required to enter a residency in the United States. Upon completion of residency, Saba graduates are then eligible to take the USMLE Step 3 exam.
Saba University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). The United States Department of Education has determined that the ACCM’s accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), to accredit medical schools in the United States and Canada.
In addition, Saba University School of Medicine has received a positive assessment of the university’s M.D. program by the NVAO (in Dutch: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie). The NVAO is the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organization was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.
State Licensure & Approvals
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, Saba University School of Medicine has received approvals from the following states:
Saba is one of the few international medical schools approved by the licensing boards in New York, California and Florida.
Your medical education at Saba University involves ten semesters of concentrated academic and clinical study.
Students complete the first part—Basic Sciences—over 20 months on the campus of Saba University.
Students then return to the U.S. or Canada to complete five semesters of clinical rotations at teaching hospitals that are affiliated with Saba University.
The five semesters of the Basic Sciences curriculum can be summarized quite simply: First you will learn about the healthy body, and then you will study the unhealthy body.
Along the way you will get your first taste of how to apply that knowledge clinically (which will be the primary focus of your second five semesters).
At the completion of your Basic Sciences semesters you will take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1.
Saba University provides you with a comprehensive course of study in the Basic Sciences that will prepare you for the USMLE, your clinical studies and residency. Click on any of the links on the left for course descriptions and more information about our program.
Your clinical education at Saba University School of Medicine takes place primarily in the second half of your academic program: Semesters 6 to 10—your final semesters before earning your M.D. and entering a residency program.
During your clinical years you will be called upon to absorb new material from lectures, books and notes while also applying and synthesizing what you have learned in a series of rotations on the wards of teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are affiliated with Saba University School of Medicine.
The Saba University Clinical Medicine program consists of 72 weeks of rotations:
During your clinical education, your success depends not only on what you know, but how quickly you are able to summon it and how much of a team player you are in working with other students, residents and attending physicians. Professionalism, reliability and humility combined with a superb execution of core clinical skills are the keys to success.
While studying for your M.D. at Saba University, students can also obtain Masters Degrees, including:
M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management offered through our partnership with Davenport University.
At Saba University, we are cognizant of the cost of medical education. Saba University offers a tuition that compares extremely favorably to other schools (see chart below) while delivering on our commitment to quality.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the per-semester tuition at public medial schools in the U.S. now exceeds $25,000. The cost has risen so high that most students must seek additional financing beyond what they can obtain through federal loan programs, such as Stafford Loans.
Of the very few medical schools located in the Caribbean whose students have the ability to obtain licensure in all 50 states and Canada, Saba University offers the most cost-effective tuition.
At Saba University, the per-semester tuition is under $10,000. This enables students to complete their education with far less indebtedness. This is especially true when compared with other Caribbean medical schools whose tuition and fees are 50 to 100% greater.
We realize that attendance at medical school represents a significant investment for our students and their families.
At Saba University, we are committed to doing everything we can to make your medical education more affordable. This includes maintaining a cost-effective tuition that is substantially less than the average per-semester tuition among U.S. public medical schools, as surveyed by the the American Association of Medical Colleges.
We work closely with students to take full advantage of scholarship and financial support options such as Canadian Financial Aid programs and Ed-Invest.