Saba University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools whose graduates can be permanently licensed to practice medicine anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. This important distinction is made possible by the wide range of accreditations, recognitions and approvals that Saba has earned:
International Medical Authorities: A fundamental pre-requisite for recognition is to be listed with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Saba University School of Medicine is listed in both.
NVAO: The NVAO (in Dutch: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders, is a leading international accreditation organization. It was established by international treaty and ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. Because the island of Saba is part of the Netherlands, Saba’s medical program is accredited by the NVAO and is the only medical school located in the Caribbean that has this distinction.
U.S.: The United States Department of Education has approved Saba University School of Medicine for participation in the U.S. Federal Direct Student Loan Program.
State Medical Authorities: New York, California and Florida actively evaluate international medical schools. Approval by these states enables students to obtain clinical clerkships and residencies in those states. These approvals are then recognized by other states, Canada and Puerto Rico, enabling students to be able to practice medicine virtually anywhere. Saba University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools to have received ALL of these approvals:
- Approved by the New York State Education Department
- Recognized by the Division of Licensing of the Medical Board of California
- Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education.
This is a substantial track record of recognition and is the reason why Saba University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools whose graduates can be found practicing medicine in a wide range of locations across the U.S. and Canada.