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disappear
11-16-2016, 11:35 PM
Hi, recently I have been accepted to SABA for May 2017 term.

I am trying to decide between Ross's MERP and SABA May class. I have about 11 days to decide one over the other.

So far, I have spend sometime on this forum reading different people's experiences about SABA. In my opinion, it seems to me that SABA is very challenging in terms of its teaching philosophy, how education is organized and the resources that are available to students.

I have read that SABA recently updated their curriculum. For those who started last year and this year, can you share with me your experience in SABA and the new curriculum? How big is your class size and how many students are left? How are your classes? Are the TA, Professors, staffs helpful? How far do you think they are helping you to succeed in your class and in SABA?

Can you share with me your Monday to Sunday schedule?

I went to the SABA info session last month, but it wasn't really helpful to me personally. They invited just one former student for Q&A. This person was a 2005 graduate. He spoke about his experience, but I would think it's grossly outdated. Furthermore, this person mentioned that only 8 people dropped out from his original class. He finished with 80+ students. However, after reading about the attrition rate here, I found it hard to believe 80+ students graduated with him.

Please share with me your current experience in SABA. Much appreciated.

I am leaning towards Ross's MERP, because I think that program can better prepare me for medical school if I pass. It's a 15 week program but it will cost me about 20-22k to live and attend MERP. I can't post a link for MERP's classes but you can search Ross MERP to check it out.

Your personal experience in SABA will be valuable to me. Thank you.

nonizondi
11-17-2016, 09:42 AM
Hi, recently I have been accepted to SABA for May 2017 term.

I am trying to decide between Ross's MERP and SABA May class. I have about 11 days to decide one over the other.

So far, I have spend sometime on this forum reading different people's experiences about SABA. In my opinion, it seems to me that SABA is very challenging in terms of its teaching philosophy, how education is organized and the resources that are available to students.

I have read that SABA recently updated their curriculum. For those who started last year and this year, can you share with me your experience in SABA and the new curriculum? How big is your class size and how many students are left? How are your classes? Are the TA, Professors, staffs helpful? How far do you think they are helping you to succeed in your class and in SABA?

Can you share with me your Monday to Sunday schedule?

I went to the SABA info session last month, but it wasn't really helpful to me personally. They invited just one former student for Q&A. This person was a 2005 graduate. He spoke about his experience, but I would think it's grossly outdated. Furthermore, this person mentioned that only 8 people dropped out from his original class. He finished with 80+ students. However, after reading about the attrition rate here, I found it hard to believe 80+ students graduated with him.

Please share with me your current experience in SABA. Much appreciated.

I am leaning towards Ross's MERP, because I think that program can better prepare me for medical school if I pass. It's a 15 week program but it will cost me about 20-22k to live and attend MERP. I can't post a link for MERP's classes but you can search Ross MERP to check it out.

Your personal experience in SABA will be valuable to me. Thank you.

First know each school's policies before you dive in. Know how many repeats a student is allowed before he or she is recommended for dismissal. Medical school is tough and even though you think you are smart at some point during the road you would doubt yourself. Know the curriculum and courseload and if you can handle it. I never took this things into consideration because I was so excited to start medical school. More than 70% of people who complete the basic sciences have transferred from different carribean schools for different reasons. Many people transfer from SGU and Ross to AUA and many also leave AUA for SABA and others leave SABA for somewhere else. If you have the patience, improve on your application and reapply to US DO schools and you would thank me for this but if you choose the Carribean route like we did, then coat your heart with steel because it might get broken along the way. All best

Lionceau
11-17-2016, 07:07 PM
Hi, recently I have been accepted to SABA for May 2017 term.

I am trying to decide between Ross's MERP and SABA May class. I have about 11 days to decide one over the other.

So far, I have spend sometime on this forum reading different people's experiences about SABA. In my opinion, it seems to me that SABA is very challenging in terms of its teaching philosophy, how education is organized and the resources that are available to students.

I have read that SABA recently updated their curriculum. For those who started last year and this year, can you share with me your experience in SABA and the new curriculum? How big is your class size and how many students are left? How are your classes? Are the TA, Professors, staffs helpful? How far do you think they are helping you to succeed in your class and in SABA?

Can you share with me your Monday to Sunday schedule?

I went to the SABA info session last month, but it wasn't really helpful to me personally. They invited just one former student for Q&A. This person was a 2005 graduate. He spoke about his experience, but I would think it's grossly outdated. Furthermore, this person mentioned that only 8 people dropped out from his original class. He finished with 80+ students. However, after reading about the attrition rate here, I found it hard to believe 80+ students graduated with him.

Please share with me your current experience in SABA. Much appreciated.

I am leaning towards Ross's MERP, because I think that program can better prepare me for medical school if I pass. It's a 15 week program but it will cost me about 20-22k to live and attend MERP. I can't post a link for MERP's classes but you can search Ross MERP to check it out.

Your personal experience in SABA will be valuable to me. Thank you.

My class in September 2015 began with about 112 students. We had about ~25 drop out/fail the first semester. To be honest I feel like most of the students who dropped out were very capable of passing, but they just didn't seem to want to put the effort in. Alot of people come here thinking it is going to be easy because it is a Caribbean school and they very quickly learn that is not the case. In second semester we had about 5-8 fail/drop out and in third we only had 3. In fourth so far we've only lost 3. Again most of the students who failed were very capable intellectually but I noticed that most of them had time management or discipline issues in regards to their study habits. The reason our class is still big is because we also get some repeaters from previous semesters which is why our class number is still ~80 despite the amount of drops from the original class.

The people and students on the island here are very nice. You are given a mentor to help you with the transition and help you with any questions/problems you have in your school work, but you have to ask and let them know you need help (alot of people wait till the last minute to finally ask for help which just doesn't work). You also have TAs in every class (until 4th semester then you are on your own) and they are very helpful. Everyone here wants you to succeed, but ultimately it is up to you and your dedication that will determine that.

Our most recent average USMLE Step 1 score is 234-237 and those in the top of the class tend to score 260-270 on step 1 and typically score very well shelf exams so I would say the new curriculum is working.

Regarding the schedule to be honest it sucks sometimes because the first 3 semesters they keep you in class way too long, but hopefully that will be changing soon. One of the things I like about the new curriculum though is that there has been an increased emphasis placed on clinical practice and integrating it into the basic sciences which I think will help alot when we get to our clerkships. From the previous posts here it seems the previous curriculum students got eaten on the wards and did not do well on the step 2 ck so the new curriculum has apparently been designed to combat that (and I think it will too). The dean and staff are very warm and seem to really care about the students. The dean in particular is very receptive to hearing the students concerns and does an excellent job of fixing any serious problems we have.

The most important thing is to go to the school that you feel is right for you. Once you decide where to go keep moving forward and don't give up. Wish you the best of luck!

mambostrike5
01-27-2018, 06:08 PM
Hello. I am a current student at Saba. I highly recommend you do not come to this school. First of all they will literally take anyone that applies. The quality of education is so sub-par I don't even know where to begin. From the multitudes of foreign profs with thick African and Indian accents all the way to the cram sessions they "teach" everything, it is absolutely not worth your time, money, and above all your well being. The schedule starting 2nd semester through 5th is 8a-5p M-F. That leaves hardly anytime to study, especially since they have shortened semesters. The attrition rate is horrible, every class starts with 80ish students and by the end there is 20-30max...this is clearly not normal of an educational institution. There is no time to go to profs office hours or get any kind of tutoring, let alone thoroughly learn the material.

They made a curriculum change back in 2015, and ever since their passing rates have dropped significantly. Dr. Chu the president of the school himself came and told us here that the NMBE Comprehensive pass rate has gone from 80-90% down to 40-50% since the curriculum change!!! In their attempt to scramble to fix things, they keep changing the schedules, adding courses, taking away courses, hiring profs, firing profs, it has been an absolute mess since I've been here!!

In case you are wondering the NMBE Comp is the test the school makes you take before they allow you to sit for the Step 1, so that "99%" pass rate is kind of false reporting because they make it seem like 99% of the students who enroll pass, in fact you have to survive 5 horrible semesters of confusion and self-teaching, and even if you get passed all the courses, then you have to take that Comp (which has had failing pass rates as I mentioned above).....then finally sit for the Step 1. It is all like a staged event so they get to write 99% first time pass rate. And the admin is so out of touch with the students because all the decision are made in Devens, MA by R3 Education Inc. which is the company that owns this school, so no one can be held accountable by the students on the island. Once they take your money they treat like garbage.

If you are a genius or a robot, you will succeed here and learn the material well with cram sessions and no guidance from the school...otherwise average students get destroyed and ripped off like so many of my freinds!

Please take my advice to heart, I am not exaggerating in anyway...don't make the same mistake so many of us have made!







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