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Saba University School of Medicine is a medical school located on the Caribbean island of Saba in the Netherlands Antilles.
History Saba University School of Medicine began in 1986 as a combined project between the island government of Saba and a group of medical educators from the United States. This medical consortium spent several years examining medical school curricula throughout the United States and Europe before adopting a basic science and clinical curriculum comparable to some of the finest medical schools. Saba University was approved by the Federal Government of the Netherlands Antilles in 1988 and an official charter was granted in 1989.Saba University School of Medicine was established to provide a comprehensive basic science and clinical medicine education leading to completion of a Doctor of Medicine degree. Enrollment is open to all persons regardless of race, nationality, religion, sex, or age, who have achieved exceptional academic results, have a broad variety of extracurricular involvement, have a demonstrated desire to be compassionate caregivers and who wish to devote the extensive time and effort necessary to study and practice medicine. As the cost of medical education increases and training institutions limit the number of applicants, Saba University School of Medicine fulfills a vital need by offering qualified individuals throughout the world a chance to pursue their dream of a medical career.
Curriculum The curriculum incorporates standards of academic and clinical instruction, which parallel those of US and Canadian medical schools. This curriculum has resulted in an excellent residency placement rate at ACGME accredited residencies. All classes are taught in English by experienced medical educators from the United States and abroad. Saba University School of Medicine's medical curriculum is designed to meet the licensing requirements in the United States and other countries abroad. Saba University admits approximately 70 students per semester. After 20 months of Basic Science classes on Saba, the second two years of Clinical Medicine is offered through affiliated hospitals in the United States and the Netherlands Antilles Currently, Saba University places medical students in clinical training in teaching hospitals throughout the United States and, to a more limited extent, in Canada.
Accreditation and Licensure Saba University is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory [http://imed.ecfmg.org/details.asp?country=665&school=&currpage=1&cname=NETHERLANDS+ANTILLES&city=®ion=CA&rname=Central+America%2FCaribbean&mcode=665010&psize=25] as being recognized as a medical school by the appropriate local government agency.Saba University School of Medicine is fully recognized and approved by the governments of Saba and the Netherlands Antilles to confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree to students who complete the Saba curriculum.
Saba is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), an independent organization based in Ireland that accredits medical schools on behalf of several governments, including the governments of Saba and the Netherlands Antilles.The US Department of Education's National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) reviewed the ACCM and determined that the standards used to accredit SABA were comparable to the standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States[http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/ncfmea.html#decisions]. However, some states rely on their own approval processes for medical schools.
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