Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 with a bold vision: to establish an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools that would provide an excellent medical education and expansive career opportunities.
Preparation leads to perfection and Saba's USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate results are the proof. Saba's 98% first-time pass rate in 2022 exceeds the average for U.S. and Canadian MD programs (93%), compares very favorably to U.S. and Canadian DO programs (89%), and significantly outclasses the average for other non-U.S./Canadian MD programs (74%). Saba consistently has the highest USMLE first-time pass rate of any Caribbean medical school.
To best prepare our students for the USMLE Step exams, we provide students with a test center that mirrors the test conditions and environment students will experience during USMLE exams. Furthermore, our dedicated faculty aim to give our students a unique learning experience through one-on-one interactions, and early hands-on training you won't get at bigger schools.
Saba graduates have enjoyed great success in securing residencies. Saba’s success is on par with U.S. medical schools, greater than most U.S. osteopathic schools and significantly greater than most International medical schools.
In Canada, where access to medical schools and residencies thereafter is extremely competitive, Saba has earned a strong reputation through large numbers of placements in the Canadian Residency Matching System, or CaRMS. Learn more, about Canadian Applicants.
Saba University School of Medicine’s medical program is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the accrediting body for the Netherlands and Flanders. The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards used by the NVAO to accredit Saba’s medical program are comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body that accredits M.D. granting medical programs in the United States.
Saba University School of Medicine students who successfully complete the requisite licensing examinations are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 U.S. states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized or licensed Saba University School of Medicine:
Approved by the New York State Education Department :
In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state.
Recognized by the Medical Board of California
Recognition is also necessary for licensure. Additionally, other states follow California’s recognition for the purposes of licensure.
Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting:
Florida Department of Education
Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(888) 224-6684 (toll free)
Approved by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Saba University School of Medicine is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs. Canadian students are eligible for Provincial Loans in addition to scholarships and grants.
Our faculty represent a variety of medical expertise and are dedicated to student success. Saba faculty have exceptional qualifications, including holding an advanced degrees or doctorates.
Our intentionally small classes allows for in-depth learning and customized support for students.
"I actually enjoyed human medicine more than veterinary medicine, which led me to change my route."
Graduate. Residency: Case Western Reserve, Internal Medicine
"Saba had the highest percentage of Canadian students, getting Canadian residencies."
Graduate. Residency, University of Toronto
"My friend went to Saba and had nothing but good things to say about it."
Graduate. Residency, University of Washington
1. Three- year residency placement rate is the percentage of students attaining a residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2022-23 and graduates in 2021-22 and graduates in 2020-21 who were active applicants in the NRMP match or attained a residency outside the NRMP match.
2. First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step Exam on their first attempt divided by the total number of students taking the USMLE Step Exam for the first time.