In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2021-2022, results show yet another strong year for RUSM with a 95% first-time residency attainment rate thus far. Located on the island of Barbados and with a network of more than 15,000 alumni, RUSM is one of the largest providers of doctors for the U.S. healthcare system. RUSM graduates practice in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico.
White Coat Speaker Profile Dr. Irvin Sulapas
Baylor College of Medicine
As he was completing his Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Irvin Sulapas began searching for his next intellectual challenge. Having always been fascinated by the functionalities of the human anatomy and serendipitously realizing he had the pre-requisites necessary to apply to medical school, he started to consider a path to becoming a physician. He soon began to study for the MCAT and exploring different medical school options.
As he researched medical schools, he became acutely aware that many of the physicians he knew, in different specialties, were Ross University School of Medicine graduates. They spoke highly of their experience at RUSM and the education they received. Dr. Sulapas took heed, applied and was promptly accepted. He started his MD journey in September 2006. He recalls his experience at RUSM as incredible, starting in Dominica for Medical Sciences and back in the U.S. for clinicals. He vividly recalls the friendly Dominica community and misses the cuisine the most.
Upon graduating from RUSM in 2010, he continued on to complete his Residency at Texas Tech University of Health Sciences, where he was awarded Chief Resident in 2012-2013 and Resident Teacher Award in 2013. He specialized in Family Medicine, where he relished in the community connection and the ability to treat patients from different demographics. With a deep interest in sports and medical school education, Dr. Sulapas continued to advance with a Fellowship in Sports Medicine, also at TTUHSC and then a Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Faculty Development.
Currently, Dr. Sulapas is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, where he dually practices family medicine and sports medicine. Being double boarded has allowed him to treat athletes as a whole. He focuses on their general wellness and injury prevention to promote a healthy lifestyle, conducive to producing high caliber athletic performances. He also enjoys mentoring the next generation of MDs, as an advisor and academic faculty, sharing his working medical knowledge with students and guiding them until they become MDs themselves.
Dr. Sulapas has consistently been recognized as one the premier physicians in the greater Houston area – being named one of the Top Doctors in the Houstonia Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He hopes to continue to treat athletes and advance in his career, becoming an Olympic team physician.