Saba Medical School

Official Name: Saba University School of Medicine

Common Name: Saba Medical School

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Medicine

Basic Sciences Location: Saba, Netherlands-Antilles

Clinical Clerkships Location: ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in U.S. and their equivalent in Canada

Contact Address: Saba University School of Medicine

c/o R3 Education Inc.

27 Jackson Road, Suite 301

Devens, Massachusetts 01434

Telephone: 978-862-9600


Academic Year

Saba Medical School operates year round on a 3 semester schedule allowing you to enroll at one of three convenient times to begin your medical studies:

  • September
  • January
  • May

Basic Sciences Curriculum

The Basic Science Curriculum is traditional and is spread over five semesters.

First Semester

  • Gross Anatomy & Developmental Biology
  • Histology & Cell Biology
  • Intro. Research Skills for Evidence-Based Medicine

Second Semester

  • Biochemistry
  • Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Human Physiology

Third Semester

  • Medical and Legal Ethics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neurosciences
  • Medical Psychology

Fourth Semester

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology 1
  • Physical Diagnoses

Fifth Semester

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Pathology II
  • Integrative Study of Basic Sciences (USMLE Review)


  • Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine Research Project
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Independent Research Elective

Clinical Sciences Curriculum

Your clinical education begins in semesters 6 to 10 your final semesters before earning your M.D. from Saba Medical School and entering residency training.

Clinical education will require you to learn information from lectures, books, and notes while completing clinical clerkships on the wards of teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are affiliated with Saba University School of Medicine.

Third Year Rotations

  • Internal Medicine – 12 weeks
  • Surgery – 12 weeks
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology – 6 weeks
  • Pediatrics – 6 weeks
  • Psychiatry – 6 weeks

Fourth Year Rotations

You will have the option to select your rotations from an approved list and this must include Family Medicine. In total your electives will last a minimum of 30 weeks and suggested electives include:

  • Cardiology
  • Family Medicine (required)
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Pathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

Clinical Rotations are completed at these major-ACGME-approved teaching hospitals.

Please note this is only a partial list and rotations outside North America are available:

  • Bridgeport Hospital – Bridgeport, CT
  • Brookdale Hospital – New York, NY
  • Cape Cod Hospital – Hyannis, MA
  • Harbor Hospital Center – Baltimore, MD
  • Holy Cross Hospital – Silver Spring, MD
  • Isaac Ray Center – Chicago, IL
  • Jackson Park Hospital – Chicago, IL
  • Leonard J. Chabert Hospital – Houma, LA
  • Rochester General Hospital – Rochester, NY
  • Southern Regional Hospital – Atlanta, GA
  • Spring Grove Hospital – Catonsville, MD
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – Waterbury, CT
  • Union Memorial Hospital – Baltimore, MD
  • Wellstar Health System – Atlanta, GA
  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center – New York, NY


Preparation for the USMLE Step 1 Exam is an important part of the Saba University Basic Sciences curriculum.

Your fifth semester course –Integrative Study of the Basic Sciences will give you 160 hours lectures, lecture notes, and computerized testing from Kaplan Medical.

Overall 95% of Saba Medical School students pass the USMLE Step 1 exam.

Saba Medical School Financing

Financing your education is very doable because Saba Medical School tuition is one of the lowest that you'll find anywhere. 

The Basic Science Tuition per semester is: $8,750 and Clinical Medicine Tuition per semester is: $9,950.

At the end of four years your costs will be approximately $93,500. This is a bargain when compared to other medical schools:

  • AUC $146,157
  • Ross $155,260
  • St. George's $193,532
  • U.S. Private $175,588
  • U.S. Public $174, 172


Saba University School of Medicine is listed in the International Medical Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

Saba Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) where the United States Department of Education has determined that the ACCM’s accreditation standards are comparable to those set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) which accredits medical schools in the United States and Canada.

If you successfully pass the required licensing examinations you are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico, and all 50 U.S. states.

Saba Medical School is one of a few international medical schools to receive approval in California, Florida, and New York:

  • Recognized by the Division of Licensing of the Medical Board of California
  • Licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education
  • Approved by the New York State Education Department


To be considered for admission to Saba Medical School the committee will assess you in a number of categories including:

  • Commitment to Learning
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Responsibility
  • Ethics & Morals
  • Commitment to Service
  • Interest in Health Care

Premed Requirements:

  • General biology, anatomy, or zoology (1 academic yr)
  • General/inorganic chemistry w/lab (1 academic yr)
  • Biochemistry/organic chemistry w/lab (1 academic yr)
  • Other: social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, etc

Recommended Coursework:

  • Cell biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Psychology/Interpersonal skills

If you take some of the recommended coursework you will have admissions preference.

MCAT: is highly recommended and is required for users who meet any of the following conditions:

  • Outdated science coursework (> 5 years old)
  • Completed science coursework at a community college
  • Grades of “C” or lower in the required science courses

Patient Care Experience: you are expected to have a minimum of 50 hours of direct patient care experience to be eligible for admission to Saba University School of Medicine. This may be satisfied through volunteering in a hospital, shadowing physicians, working as an EMT, etc.

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