Saba University is the school of choice for Canadians seeking a medical education outside of Canada.
Making up a significant portion of our student body, Canadian students are attracted to Saba for all the same reasons that draw students from the U.S. and other countries—but these reasons stand out:
- Saba’s incredibly strong track record of securing clinical rotations and residency placements in Canada
- Saba’s tuition structure, which fits in with the financial resources available to Canadian students, both for provincial loans and private sources of funding
"I am Canadian, and it's where I want to practice medicine. Saba has the highest percentage of Canadian students getting Canadian residencies."
—Emilie Boucher, MD
2014 Saba Graduate
Residency: University of Toronto
Clinical Rotations in Canada
Saba has been working with Canadian students for many years securing clinical rotations all across Canada. These rotations take place during the elective phase of their education. The process and timing in some ways mirrors that in the U.S., but there are nuances, and Saba works closely with its Canadian students to ensure that each is aware of the process and is able to target rotations appropriate to his or her line of study.
- Documentation: Saba’s familiarity with the documentation process at the various Canadian university-affiliated programs ensures an efficient path toward garnering electives of choice.
- Historical Data: Saba students are aware of both the programs and the rotations in which previous Canadian students have participated.
- Guidance: While electives are chosen by the students, a Saba clinical advisor will actively counsel students about appropriate selections.
- U.S. and Canadian Options: Canadian students have the option to pursue electives in the U.S. or Canada—or both.
- Reputation: Saba and its students have a strong reputation throughout the Canadian affiliate system, which assists in securing rotations.
Residency and Licensure
Saba has been among the most successful international medical schools in placing Canadian students into residencies in Canada.
Canadian students are eligible to participate in both the U.S. National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)* and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), which take place on different schedules.
To be eligible to participate in CaRMS, Canadian students must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
Specific rules on matching in Canada do vary from province to province. Please visit the CaRMS website for more detail.
Recent Canadian Residencies
Below is a snapshot of recent Saba graduate residency locations and programs:
- University of Ottawa — Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
- University of Toronto — General Surgery, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics/Gyn, Urology
- Windsor Regional Hospital — Family Medicine
- Hamilton General Hospital — Family Medicine, Physical Med/Rehab
- McMaster University Med Center — Orthopedic Surgery
- University of Manitoba — Internal Medicine
- University of Saskatchewan — General Surgery
- University of Ottawa — Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
- McGill/Jewish General Hospital — Family Medicine
- UWO-London Health Sciences — Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurology
- University of W. Ontario — Anesthesiology
- Queens University — Family Medicine
- Dalhousie University — Anesthesiology, Urology, Psychiatry
- Calgary Refugee Health Program — Family Medicine
- University of Manitoba — Family Medicine
- Memorial University of Newfoundland — Neurology, Psychiatry
- Northern Ontario School of Medicine — General Surgery
“Saba had a great Canadian match rate and a significant Canadian population, and that’s what drew me to them.”
—Maaz Kamal, MD
2014 Saba Graduate
Residency, Family Medicine, Queens University
Financial Aid Options:
Saba’s Canadian students are approved to apply for financial aid through their provinces. In addition, numerous banks provide student lines of credit to supplement or substitute for the provincial loan alternative. Some of these banks include RBC, TD and BOM, among others.
Saba has a dedicated resource focused on assisting applicants in this process. Please contact the Admissions Department for further information at 978-862-9600.
*Eligible U.S. residency programs must accept H-1 and J-1 visas.