Saba University

Saba University School of Medicine has been educating versatile and talented doctors since 1992.

Saba University School of Medicine

Saba University School of Medicine has been educating versatile and talented doctors since 1992. We achieve this by keeping our class sizes small, employing faculty who are required to hold either an MD or PhD in their area of specialty and constantly reinvigorating our curriculum, so it reflects the contemporary medical field.

Whilst studying with us, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including cadavers, a modern anatomy lab as well as a dedicated test center. Saba University is committed to providing an excellent medical education that allows students to thrive and achieve their full potential. As a result of this approach, our students achieved a 99% average first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1.

Saba University is also accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), which uses standards comparable to accrediting bodies for US and Canadian medical schools. As a result, our students receive the same quality education as they would in North America but at a comparatively more affordable price.

Additionally, as a Caribbean-based university, our campus is surrounded by excellent opportunities for hiking and exploration. Whilst your program will be busy, you will have some time to relax and enjoy everything the island of Saba has to offer.

Join a university committed to your success.

  • Course name: Doctor of Medicine
  • Course Speciality: Medicine
  • Course Location: Saba Island, Caribbean
  • Duration of Course: 4 years (2 years on campus)(2 years on clinicals)
  • Price: $18,850 per semester (semesters 1-5)(excludes fees, tuition only)

For the first five semesters of the program, you will be based on Saba Island where you will complete the basic sciences curriculum in the core aspects of medicine.

In your first semester, you will cover Human Body Structure anFd Function, Human Histology and Physiology and Clinical Skills I. This will give you an insight into gross human anatomy and develop your understanding of the relationship between anatomical structure and function. You will also develop your knowledge of major tissues and organs and consider how molecular building blocks are used for growth and wound healing. The Clinical Skills I course will introduce you to managing patients in terms of gathering their history and performing physical exams.

In semester two, you will move onto Metabolism and Nutrition, Genetics and Development, Infection/Defense/Response, Medical Ethics, Clinical Skills II and Research Curriculum – Evidence-based Medicine. You will begin to expand your knowledge of the human body in terms of the endocrine system and genetics, particularly how genetic make-up has contributed to and influenced discoveries in the medical field.  

Semester three introduces you to Neuroscience and Neurology, Systems and Diseases I, Behavioral Medicine as well as Clinical Skills III. In Neuroscience and Neurology you’ll investigate the microscopic structure of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system in humans through a range of laboratory exercises including CT scans and MRIs. Systems and Diseases will cover basic principles of human physiology and pharmacology to prepare you for further study in semester four and five. In Behavioral Medicine you will participate in a series of workshops covering topics including death education, human sexuality and psychophysiological disorders. The Clinical Skills III will build on the skills you have developed in semesters one and two in managing your bedside manner and patient expectations.

Semester four covers Systems and Diseases II and III as well as Clinical Skills IV. In the Systems and Diseases modules you will continue to explore structures and functions within the human body and how medicine is used to treat these systems in the face of illness. You will cover cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems as well as reproductive and gastrointestinal systems.

Semester five: During your final semester on the island, you will cover Systems and Disease V, Clinical Skills V, Foundations of Clinical Medicine as well as Research Curriculum – Critical Appraisal.

Additionally, during your first five semesters, you can pursue elective courses which include Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Research Project as well as Independent Research Elective. This will give you the opportunity to build your research skills, which is critical if you are thinking about a career in pioneering medicine or academia. 

Semesters 6 to 10 will be spent in clinical rotations where you will start applying your knowledge in a practical setting.


$15,000—$20,000 Semester

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