Pursue Your Medical Degree
On campus you will experience the hallmarks of what has made Saba a leader in medical education: experienced faculty (all faculty members at Saba hold a MD or a PhD in the field they teach, and are experienced teachers), small classes, extensive student-teacher interaction and a continual emphasis on preparing you for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
In recent years, 100% of our students have passed the USMLE Step 1 exam on their first attempt (2021) and have a residency attainment rate of 94% (2019-2021). You will find the support, knowledge, skills, and clinical experience required to succeed in your pursuit to become a doctor.
Saba’s curriculum was designed by U.S.-based faculty and parallels training at top U.S. medical schools. It involves ten semesters of concentrated academic and clinical study split between Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences.
Duration: semesters 1-5
The Basic Sciences curriculum covers foundational concepts in basic and clinical sciences and organ-systems-focused courses and teaches students to integrate each foundational discipline to an understanding of both normal human function and disease.
Duration: semesters 6-10
The Clinical Medicine curriculum is made up of an 8-week research module, followed by 72 weeks of clinical rotations. On top of the regular lectures, students will participate in a series of rotations on the wards of teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.
Medical Program Timeline at Saba
Dedicated Medical Faculty
Saba University School of Medicine’s professors educate, support and challenge students to reach their optimum potential in the medical field. All Saba faculty hold advanced medical and/or doctoral degrees (MD, MBBS, PhD) with postgraduate training in a medical or academic specialty, as well as demonstrated experience in teaching and/or research.
Unlike many medical schools, Saba’s faculty are full-time and devoted exclusively to their teaching mission. The 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio means students receive an unparalleled level of individual support and guidance.
Meet our Faculty
Dominic Michael Akpan
Courses: Systems and Disease; Research Curriculum - Critical Appraisal Syllabus.
Dominic Michael Akpan, MD, MWCS, MNCS, FCRPath, D.D (UDC) was born in Nigeria. He worked as a senior House Surgeon at National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Nigeria and later did his medical residency training in Pathology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital from 2001 to 2005. He also has a Fellowship in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He rose to the rank of Full Professor of Pathology and Pathophysiology at Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands. He is the Chair of Pathophysiology and Pathology and Course Director of Systems and Diseases, Clinical Correlate, and Research Curriculum and Critical Appraisal. Member Faculty Promotions Committee, Member, Students Promotions Committee.
Courses: HHP S&DI S&DII S&DIII S&DIV FOCM
Anthony Collins, PhD, has extensive experience working as an educator and researcher. His background includes many years as a university professor. Dr. Collins has received extensive recognition as a national and international author and presenter. His research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Journal of Physiology, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and many more.
A Medical Program with History of Success
Student Success Stories
"Saba prepares you really well for Step 1, so even before you leave the island you have to pass an equivalent of Step 1. I knew that I'd be ready to pass it with an extra 8 weeks of studying."
Graduate. Residency: University of Toronto, Family Medicine
"Saba provides a platform for you to get a medical degree and come back and practice in Canada. There's such a successful match for individuals doing residencies."
Graduate. Residency: Case Western Reserve, Internal Medicine
"The professors are more than willing to help you with anything and spend a fair amount of time with you to make sure you understand things."
For prospective students
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