Saba University School of Medicine

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Saba University School of Medicine
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MottoEducation For Life
TypeMedical School
PresidentJoseph Chu

Saba University School of Medicine is a medical school located on Saba, a special municipality of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. Saba University confers upon its graduates the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.[1]


Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 as an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Since its founding, more than 2500 students have earned their medical degree at Saba.[2] Class sizes are 80-100 students per matriculating class. Students complete the first 20 months (five semesters) of basic science medical education on the campus on Saba and return to the US and Canada to complete clinical rotations at hospitals affiliated with the school.


Basic sciences curriculum[edit]

Saba University School of Medicine campus

The first five basic science semesters of Saba's curriculum follow an outline comparable to those of American medical schools. These semesters consist of lab work and course material following a progression beginning with foundational concepts in the basic and clinical sciences and leading to organ-systems-focused courses that relate each foundational discipline to human function and disease. Applications of basic science to clinical medicine are highlighted throughout the five semesters. All classes are taught in English.

"Research: Literature Review and Analysis" module[edit]

In the fifth semester of the Saba University curriculum, students complete a "Research: Literature Review and Analysis" module, designed to further develop the ability to evaluate and assimilate scientific evidence and reinforce the skills for critically appraising and communicating medical knowledge.

Students analyze a current and complex medical care question, develop a hypothesis, analyze the literature, and write a paper that is evaluated by a faculty committee. According to the school's website, Saba students have had their papers published in medical journals and have also reported that their research played a role in obtaining a residency appointment.[3]

Clinical curriculum[edit]

The clinical education at Saba University School of Medicine takes place primarily in the second half of the academic program, semesters 6 to 10—the final semesters before earning the medical degree and entering a residency program. The clinical program consists of:

  • 42 weeks of required core rotations in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • 30 weeks of elective clinical rotations that the student may select based on their projected medical specialty.

During the clinical semesters, students go through a series of rotations (or clerkships) in teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, while also absorbing new material through work that is assigned and supervised by the Saba clinical department.

Accreditation and licensure[edit]

Saba University School of Medicine has received the accreditation and approvals that enable Saba graduates, who complete the requisite licensing examinations, to become eligible to practice medicine in all 50 states in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.[4]

Saba University has been approved by the following U.S. states which have a separate review process for the purposes of licensing or providing clinical rotations:

  • Saba is approved by the Medical Board of California[5]
  • Saba is approved by the New York State Board of Education[6] and by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for the purpose of students participating in clinical rotations in those states.[7]
  • Saba is approved by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA).[8]

In July 2013, Saba University School of Medicine was approved by the United States Department of Education for participation in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Qualified citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible to receive funding from the Direct Loan programs to help pay for the cost of their education.

Saba University School of Medicine is a legally recognized entity of higher education in the Netherlands and its program of medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).[1] While it is located in the Caribbean, accreditation by the NVAO makes the university the 9th medical school in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[9]

Student life[edit]

Several student organizations exist at Saba, including the American Medical Student Association,[10][11] Student Government Association, Wilderness Medicine Society, Women in Medicine Society, Primary Care and Pediatrics Club, Global Health & Preventative Medicine Club, Gay-Straight Student Alliance, African Diaspora Association, Christian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Southeast Asian Society, Athletics Club, and Journal Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Saba University School of Medicine". Saba University School of Medicine.
  2. ^ "About Saba University". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  3. ^ "Saba Medical School - Research Module". Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2014-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ NYS Medicine Application Forms Archived 2007-10-17 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-11-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "KSBHA". KSBHA. 2002-01-01. Archived from the original on 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "AMSA International Medical Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  11. ^ "Saba University AMSA - Home". Retrieved 2011-11-23.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 17°37′33″N 63°14′48″W / 17.625791°N 63.2467°W / 17.625791; -63.2467