Information for Canadian Students

Information for Canadian Students

The School of Choice for Canadian Students

Saba University School of Medicine is the preferred destination for Canadian students who wish to pursue a medical education abroad.

Canadian students make up a substantial part of our student body, and they are drawn to Saba for the same reasons that attract students from the U.S. and other countries.

Notably, Saba has an outstanding track record of helping students secure clinical rotations and residency placements in Canada. Additionally, Saba offers the Canadian Merit Scholarship to support applicants in financing their education. Over the last 30+ years, a higher percentage of Saba graduates have earned residency in Canada than any other Caribbean medical school.

Kimberly Morrison

Kimberly Morrison
Canadian Student/Class of 2022
Resident at Unity Hospital, Rochester Regional Health, New York.

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 institution-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 Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) and have written and passed, or be scheduled to write, the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination by the September prior to the CaRMS match.

Specific rules on matching in Canada do vary from province to province. Please visit the CaRMS website for more detail.

Canadian Residency Placements Over the Years

Below is a representative map and list of Saba residency programs and specialties (2014-2024):

  • Calgary Refugee Health Program – Family Medicine
  • Dalhousie University – Anesthesiology, Urology, Psychiatry
  • Hamilton General Hospital – Family Medicine, Physical Med/Rehab
  • McGill/Jewish General Hospital – Family Medicine
  • McMaster University Med Center – Orthopedic Surgery, Family Medicine
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – Neurology, Psychiatry
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine – General Surgery
  • Queens University – Family Medicine
  • University of Manitoba – Family Medicine
  • University of Manitoba – Internal Medicine
  • University of Ottawa – Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
  • University of Ottawa – Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
  • University of Saskatchewan – General Surgery, Family Medicine
  • University of Toronto – General Surgery, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics/Gyn, Urology
  • UWO-London Health Sciences – Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurology
  • University of W. Ontario – Anesthesiology
  • Windsor Regional Hospital – Family Medicine

Canadian Electives

Saba University School of Medicine is not just a top Caribbean medical university; it is the preferred choice for students who aspire to practice medicine in Canada.

We have established strong partnerships with clinical sites in Canada, allowing our students to benefit from invaluable clinical opportunities. These partnerships provide our students with the chance to engage with diverse patient populations in various settings, enabling them to gain extensive experience that will be directly applicable to their future service in Canada.

Saba has recently established relationships with the following ten additional Canadian elective sites.

  • Bayshore Neurology Center
    Elective Offered: Neurology
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Booth Neurology Center
    Elective Offered: Neurology
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Medical Centre for Integrated Health Family and Women’s Medicine
    Elective Offered: Family Medicine and Gynecology
    Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • OliveMD Medical Centre
    Elective Offered: Internal Medicine
    Location: Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Carrot Health Centre
    Elective Offered: Eye Surgery & Ophthalmology Services
    Location: Brampton, Ontario
  • Bramalea Medical Centre
    Elective Offered: Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Location: Brampton, Ontario
  • Strandherd Crossing Medical Centre Nepean
    Elective Offered: Pediatrics/Addictions Medicine
    Location: Nepean, Ontario
  • Vaughan Sleep Disorder Centre
    Elective Offered: Sleep and Respiratory Disorders
    Location: Vaughan, Ontario
  • CBI Health Nepean
    Elective Offered: Sports Medicine
    Location: Kanata, Ontario
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital
    Elective Offered: Multiple Electives
    Location: Oakville, Ontario

Financial Aid Options

Saba University School of Medicine is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education entitling most students to receive Canadian Federal and Provincial Loans. In addition, numerous banks provide student lines of credit to supplement or substitute for the provincial loan alternative. Some of these banks include CIBC, RBC, TD, and BMO, among others.

Read further information and financial aid options for Canadian students.

Canadian Scholarship Programs

Canadian students have long been a vibrant and important part of Saba’s academic community. Saba also recognizes that medical school education is a significant economic undertaking. With this in mind, Saba has established two scholarships to assist qualified applicants in financing their education – the Canadian Citizen Grant* and the Canadian Academic Scholarship. All applicants will be considered for both scholarships. Saba is proud of its long history of educating Canadian students, and the important role they play in the school community and the Canadian medical community as graduates. We look forward to reviewing the scholarship submission.

*Canadian Citizen Grant could be paired with a Merit scholarship

**Effective for students matriculating during or after January 2024.

For the most up-to-date information about scholarships, click here.