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    Current Saba Student/Recent graduate of Saba??

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    I'm recently accepted to Saba, but I have a few questions. I know this topic must have been discussed before - but they're all a few years old..so I'm opening it up again.

    From what I've been reading from ValueMD forums is that many of the Carib schools accept many more students than they can possibly have clinical spots for, knowing that 1/2 of them will fail out. And you really got to be tough enough to fight through. Is that true?

    The only thing that's sort of "lacking" from my medical school application is my low MCAT score, which is preventing me from US medical schools. My GPA is not like a 4.0, but it's not bad either...enough to get me into a US medical school (going from averages).

    I know I will have to work very hard in the Carib, or even any medical school for that matter, but those that do put in the time and effort -- do they do well/pass at Saba? Or do even the brightest fail out? This is a really big concern for me, as I think it would be for many other medical students who did not get accepted in the US.

    Please respond, or send me a PM!
    Thank you

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    Speaking as a current student, Saba will NOT overbook and then proceed to actively "cull" a portion of the student body. Be warned, however, that the pace here is definitely break-neck, and considering that you need a 75% to pass (as opposed to 60-65 at many other institutions, including mainland ones) it's going to be a very busy 20 months indeed. However, I have never heard of anyone failing that didn't deserve to fail, and everyone busting butt right now is earning marks proportional to their effort. If you actually put in the effort, daily, you'll be just fine.

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    Keep in mind that not everyone that leaves fails out. Some people don't like the island, miss home, don't want to be doctors anymore, get into US/Canadian med schools after coming to Saba, run out of money, etc.

    Like Weddell said, if you put in the effort you should be just fine.
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    I am consistently shocked at students who have a chance to go to a US school and don't take it. These schools should really be for students w/ low marks or for those who are older and can't afford to go back and do an extra year to upgrade.
    As for the program here, as mentioned before, it is unnecessarily fast-paced but doable. For the amount of work you put in, the rewards at the end are not equal. You do twice the work of your US counterparts in order to rotate in shi**y hospitals in shady neighbourhoods so that you can have a shot at a sub-par residency. There are students who've done quite well for themselves coming out of here and it's possible but if it's not an absolute necessity, don't come here!
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