The 10 Questions Every Applicant Should Ask
Few decisions will have a greater impact on the course of your life than deciding where to go to medical school. The fact that you’re on this website now means you understand this, and you’re taking the time to do your research.
But to get the most out of that research—and ultimately to make the right medical school decision—you need to know how to separate what’s important from what’s not.
To help you do that, we’ve prepared a list of the 10 questions we believe you should ask of any school you’re considering. These are the questions that can actually determine your likelihood of becoming a doctor.
Just click each question to see the answer as it applies to Saba University. We encourage you to get the answers for other schools you're considering—before you make your decision.
1. Will a degree from your school enable me to practice anywhere in the U.S. and Canada?
Saba University School of Medicine is approved by the New York State Education Department, recognized by the Medical Board of California, and licensed by the Florida Department of Education. In addition, Saba is accredited by the NVAO, the accreditation organization of the Netherlands. With these approvals and accreditation, Saba graduates can practice anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
2. How well does your school do in residency placements for graduates?
Saba University graduates have obtained residency appointments in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty at renowned teaching hospitals and leading medical centers across the U.S. and Canada. Over the past five years, our graduates have averaged a residency placement rate on par with U.S. medical schools and significantly higher than other international medical schools.
3. What is your record at getting residencies for Canadian students?
Saba University has been among the most successful international medical schools in placing Canadians into residencies back in Canada. Furthermore, many of our Canadian graduates pursue residencies in the U.S., and have a placement rate identical to Saba’s U.S. graduates.
4. What is the USMLE first-time pass rate for your students?
Saba University is committed to doing everything possible to help our students succeed on this all-important exam. The result is a USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate of 99%—which is higher than most U.S. medical schools.
5. Does your school have access to U.S. and Canadian government loan programs?
Saba University is one of the very few Caribbean medical schools approved to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loan programs, which are both administered by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Saba’s Canadian students are approved to apply for financial aid through their Provinces.
6. How does your curriculum compare to that of top medical schools in the U.S. and Canada?
Saba University's curriculum was designed by U.S.-based faculty and parallels training at top U.S. medical schools. The Basic Sciences curriculum uses an organ-system approach integrated with clinical skills, and is taught in small-group, hands-on learning sessions. It culminates with a research project in which each student produces a publication-quality paper.
7. How does your tuition compare to other medical schools?
Saba University has always been committed to maintaining an affordable tuition, while providing the very best medical education. In fact, Saba’s tuition is 30% to 40% less than other Caribbean medical schools. (You can compare Saba’s tuition with other schools here.)
8. Will your school’s environment be conducive to one-on-one relationships with professors?
Saba University was founded in the belief that a close relationship between student and professor is the key to a successful medical school education. It’s why we target a class size of approximately 90 students, and maintain a significantly higher professor-to-student ratio than other schools. It’s why our professors’ doors are always open. And it’s why year after year we’re able to ensure our students find the rotations—and ultimately the residencies—that are consistent with their professional, personal and academic goals.
9. How involved will your school be in clinical placement and training?
Saba University arranges all core clinical rotations, and an advisor works closely with each student on elective clerkships. Saba’s faculty also closely monitors and tests students as they progress through their clinical clerkships, ensuring that each student learns the critical components of each rotation and masters the core competencies.
10. How does your campus meet the rigorous requirements of teaching medicine?
Saba has invested significantly in its campus and core infrastructure, including high-tech classrooms and hands-on laboratories with the latest multimedia instructional technology and information systems. Recent years have seen significant campus expansion, including the addition of faculty and administrative resources.