Saba University School of Medicine

Saba University School of Medicine campus

Make a life-changing decision to study medicine at Saba University, an accredited institution in the
Caribbean.

SABA has a student-focused approach. You will be taught in an environment that is practical,
innovative and contains a curriculum that is updated to align to current medical practices and
research. As a result of this approach, Saba University students achieved a consistently high average first-time pass rate of 99% on the USMLE Step 1 between 2015 and 2019.

Alongside excellent results, Saba University is also renowned for its wonderful location. You will study on Saba Island, situated in the Caribbean, which has pleasant weather all-year round as well as great hiking and nature for you to explore. Our students tell us Saba Island is the perfect location due to it being distraction-free, safe and quiet. As a result, you will be able to study in peace and take much needed downtime by swimming, diving or snorkelling in the ocean.

As a Saba doctor, you will have the world at your feet when you graduate. Our university has key approvals from the states of New York, California and Florida which enable our students can practice medicine across all 50 US states as well as all provinces of Canada. Therefore, when you come to complete your clinicals in semesters 6 to 10, you will be able to practice where you want. Our students have gone on to take up residencies at some of the most competitive hospitals in the US and Canada. These include:

  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • University Washington School of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine

Saba University is also accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), a body which has been found to use similar standards to bodies that accredit US and Canadian medical schools. This means you’ll be provided with the same quality education you’d find
in North America but at a much more affordable price and in a fantastic location.

Start pursuing your medical aspirations today by contacting one of our team and join a university trusted by over 2,500 graduates.

Intakes: September, January and May

The Basic Sciences curriculum is designed to give you the foundation that will enable you to excel in your clinicals and match into your preferred residency. You will learn through lectures and labs involving cadavers, providing you with practical experience of working with the human body. From the structure of the human body to physiology to genetics, you will cover everything you need to know to become a doctor who can take an innovative approach to medicine and resolve even the most complex of issues.

Saba School of Medicine Courses

Course Duration: 4 Years

  • Semesters 1-5 on campus (2 years)
  • Semesters 6-10 Clinicals (2 years)

Semester 1:

Human Body Structure and Function – Develop your knowledge of gross human anatomy using a range of labs, lectures and computer-based tutorials.

Human Histology and Physiology – Start building your understanding of cells, tissues and organs and how they are affected by disease and illness.

Clinical Skills I – This is the beginning of a series of lectures designed to help you approach patients in a compassionate way that elicits the necessary information for diagnosis.

Semester 2:

Metabolism and Nutrition – You will study the biochemical pathways of living organisms and focus on the chemical reactions in living matter.
Genetics and Development – This course focuses on the principles of genetics and the pioneering work that is still being done to understand it.
Infection/Defense/Response – You will begin to build your knowledge of infectious disease and how it is diagnosed and treated.

Medical Ethics – Start considering the legal and ethical issues faced by practitioners of medicine through a series of debates with your peers.

Clinical Skills II – This is the second instalment in a series of lectures designed to help you approach patients in a compassionate way that elicits the necessary information for diagnosis.

Research Curriculum – Evidence-based Medicine – Start building your research skills and thinking about evidence-based medicine.

Semester 3:

Neuroscience and Neurology – You will be introduced to the structure of the brain, nervous system and spinal cord and consider how diseases in these areas are diagnosed and treated.

Systems and Disease I – This course covers the basic principles of human physiology, pathology and pharmacology and is the first of a series of lectures in these areas.

Clinical Skills III – This is the third instalment in a series of lectures designed to help you approach patients in a compassionate way that elicits the necessary information for diagnosis.

Behavioral Medicine – You will consider principles of human behaviour and how biological, social and cultural factors impact it.

Semester 4:

Systems and Disease II – You will continue developing your knowledge of human organs, structures and functions and how disease can have an impact on these.

Systems and Disease III – This course will focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems and what happens to them as a result of disease.

Clinical Skills IV – This is the fourth instalment in a series of lectures designed to help you approach patients in a compassionate way that elicits the necessary information for diagnosis.

Semester 5:

Systems and Diseases V – You will focus on hematologic, immune systems, musculoskeletal systems, integumentary as well as multisystem disease.

Clinical Skills V – This is the fifth instalment in a series of lectures designed to help you approach patients in a compassionate way that elicits the necessary information for diagnosis.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine – You will attend daily live lectures which a focus on developing your understanding of disease problems and clinical problem solving.

Research Curriculum – Critical Appraisal – You will review medical literature and start to consider study designs as well as basic scientific principles.

Elective courses:

Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Research Project – You will learn to apply epidemiologic principles in order to lead your own research project.

Independent Research Elective – Through 1-to-1 support with a faculty member, you will propose and develop your own research project culminating in a written report.

Tuition

$18,825 per semester (semesters 1-5) (excludes fees, tuition only)

Start Dates

January, May, September

Entry Requirements

  • General Biology or zoology – Academic Years (AY) 1
  • Inorganic chemistry (with lab) – AY 1
  • Organic chemistry/Biochemistry (with lab) – AY 1
  • Physics (recommended) – AY 1
  • English – AY 1
  • Other social sciences or physical sciences and computer skills
  • Taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
  • English Proficiency – Since English is the language of instruction at Saba, it is important that applicants be prepared academically to pursue the curriculum and also be able to communicate well.