Of course we have a set of objective admissions requirements we consider when assessing each candidate.
We also look beyond the coursework and test scores to get a sense of the person behind the application, and how likely he or she is to be a successful medical student—and a great doctor.
Here are some of the factors we consider:
Medical school is an extremely challenging experience; there are very few who breeze through it. Success comes from having the desire, discipline and staying power to tackle and master extremely difficult subjects. We look at your overall academic performance to get a clear understanding of your commitment to learning, in addition to your scores on standardized examinations, such as the MCAT.
Medicine is both art and science. Doctors are scientists and individuals. We want to know what it is that you, personally, will bring to our school and the practice of medicine. Has there been some subject area of particular interest that you have pursued, perhaps with a special research project, travel or through participation in a unique program?
As a physician, you will be placed in a unique position of trust. Your patients will need to know that they can divulge their most intimate secrets to you. You will be constantly called upon to make judgments, including life-and-death decisions. Have you demonstrated responsibility in your life that will tell us you are the kind of person who will make for a caring, responsible physician?
At Saba, we will come to know you as a student, a professional in training and as a person. Are you someone we can place our confidence in to conduct yourself ethically and demonstrate the qualities of trust and leadership that have always been the hallmark of the medical profession?
Physicians are routinely asked to set aside their own needs and, even more difficult, their egos, in order to focus on what's right for their patients. Have you shown how you can place the needs of others ahead of your own, through community service, taking responsible positions at school, or helping with family?
Let us know. (Note: Applicants to Saba are expected to have a minimum of 50 hours of direct patient care experience, including voluntary experience, to be eligible for admission.)See Admission Requirements
What is it about medicine that attracts you enough to undergo a demanding experience like medical school? When did this ambition take hold? Who, if anyone, influenced your decision?
We want to know as much as possible about your motivation for undertaking this very demanding course of study and career.