Saba Medical School graduates have an excellent track record. Since 1993, more than 2,500 doctors have received their start at Saba University School of Medicine. Our graduates have an extensive track record of excellent performance on the critical USMLE Step 1 exam. Virtually every student passes the USMLE Step I on their first attempt. Between 2015 and 2020, the first time pass rate averaged 99% - a consistently strong performance
Because Saba University School of Medicine operates on a year-round, 3-semester schedule, there are three entry points for new students every year. You can begin your medical studies at Saba in September, January or May. For that reason, we accept applications throughout the year.
A typical incoming class at Saba is approximately 90 students. This makes it possible for Saba to maintain small classes and close student-teacher interaction. This is substantially different from other medical schools, particularly other schools located in the Caribbean, that are increasing their class sizes and subjecting their students to large, impersonal classroom experiences.
Saba University School of Medicine is committed to providing facilities that support efficient, effective learning. We offer a modern anatomy lab and a full complement of well-equipped classrooms and auditoriums with the latest multimedia technologies. The entire campus is wireless. First semester students live in comfortable dorms just minutes away from the classrooms.
Many things about Saba, the island, make Saba an extremely desirable place to attend medical school. Saba is a beautiful country—its nickname is the “Unspoiled Queen”—and it's also extremely safe. Discriminating tourists have long sought out Saba for its diving, restaurants, charming inns and stunning Caribbean vistas.
Housing and living costs on Saba are significantly lower than you will find at other schools with comparable recognition. Local grocery stores stock food items to meet the full range of dietary needs. The school enjoys good relations with the local population.
Because Saba is small and off the well-worn tourist track, it lacks many of the distractions that can interfere with studying. Still, when not studying, there is always plenty to do, from hiking to deep-sea diving. There is also an on-campus fitness center.
The island of Saba is convenient to get to—it is 28 miles south of St. Maarten, which is a major point of entry to the Caribbean and served by direct flights from numerous locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. From St. Maarten, Saba is a 15-minute flight or a 90-minute ferry ride.
The Saba campus is a short ride from either the airport or ferry.
There are a wide range of housing options for students at Saba.
To ease your transition, unaccompanied first semester students live in dorms adjacent to the campus, built exclusively for our students. Dorms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
After first semester, students live off campus—and there are a wide range of options. Housing costs on Saba are significantly less than at other schools with comparable recognition.On average, fully furnished housing prices start at around $675 for a studio/one-bedroom apartment and go up to $1,200–$1,800 for a 3-4 bedroom house. All properties are privately owned, and therefore the price of rentals and utilities varies. Electricity is generally a separate cost.
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The Saba Housing Coordinator will assist you in finding off-campus housing:
Saba students do all of their core clinical rotations at U.S.-based, ACGME-approved teaching hospitals (and their equivalent in Canada) affiliated with Saba University School of Medicine.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. In addition, it is strongly encouraged for all other applicants and specifically required from those students who meet any of the following three conditions:
Saba’s MCAT code is SUSOM. More information about the MCAT is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. Applicants can send Saba University School of Medicine the MCAT exam scores through the online THx system as soon as they are available at the AAMC.
*As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our students, Saba University School of Medicine will waive the MCAT score requirement for applicants to the Spring 2022 (January) term who are not able to secure a test date. Applicants who have an MCAT score, or a pending MCAT score, are required to submit their score(s) with their application.
Our faculty is at the core of what makes the learning experience at Saba different than other medical schools. All faculty members at Saba hold an advanced medical degree or doctorate (MD, MBBS, PhD) in the field they teach, and are experienced teachers. Many faculty come to Saba because of the school’s strong commitment to teaching and academic performance.
Saba University School of Medicine makes it possible for students to earn their degree in under 4 years, spending 20 months studying Basic Sciences on the campus in Saba, completing an 8-week research module and returning to the U.S. or Canada for 72 weeks of clinical rotations. Saba has affiliations with ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. (and their equivalent in Canada)—more than enough to ensure timely placement for our students.
The island of Saba has a well-developed communications infrastructure with land line, cell phone, Internet and island-wide wi-fi service. To communicate back home, many students take advantage of Internet-based services such as Vonage or Skype.