University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine

Bio for James Ulager, M.D.
James Ulager, M.D.

James Ulager, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
The University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine - Hinesburg, 37 Haystack Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461


11/2015           Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers, Harvard
                           T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2014 - 2015     Teachers of Tomorrow, University of Massachusetts
2006 - 2007     Chief Resident
2006 - 2007     Resident Teacher of the Year
                            Resident Representative, Graduate Medical Education Council, including member of
                            subcommittee examining effect of external resident experiences on Medicare GME
                            Achieving Competence Today III, Quality improvement curriculum administered by
                            Harvard Medical School, our interdisciplinary group designed and implemented an
                            improvement in the ‘STAT’ medication ordering system
2004 - 2007     Family Medicine Residency, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
1999 - 2004     Doctor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
1999                  Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology (summa cum laude), University of Notre
                            Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.  Received Balinger Award for Pre-professional Studies

Academic Interests

Pediatrics in Family Medicine
Building High Reliability Office Systems

Research Interests

2005 - 2006   Quality Assessment and Improvement of the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation.
                          Milton Family Practice, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Milton, VT, Fall 2005-Present.
 Mentor: John King, M.D. This quality  improvement project lead to an advisory role to
                          the Vermont Department of Health in the implementation of a new state wide system for
                          the Preparticipation Evaluation for public schools.

                Hamstring Muscle Injuries in the Track and Field Athletes: A Three-Year Study from the
                          Penn Relays.
                          University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Departments of Family Medicine and
                          Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia, PA. 
Mentor: Jonathan Drezner, M. 
                          Description:  In addition to assisting in data collection, I designed the statistical tests to
                          measure the difference in  hamstring injury rates in various groups of athletes with the
                          goal of identifying  risk factors for hamstring injury.

2003 - 2004    Why Should I Trust You?  Homeless Youth Share What It Takes for Professionals to
                          Earn Their Trust.
                          University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Division of  Adolescent
                          Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
                          Mentor: Kenneth R. Ginsburg, M.D., M.Ed.Description:  Using ethnographic techniques,
                          I interviewed residents at this youth shelter to determine what factors lead them to trust
                          or to mistrust medical and social work professionals who seek to help them.

Academic Appointments

2011 - Present   Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Awards and Honors

2010    Community Teaching Site of the Year – Awarded by the University of Vermont Department of
              Family Medicine for the Most Outstanding Community Clinical Teaching Site for the Third
              Year Clerkship 


2015    “Being a Good Mentee”.  UVMMG Newsletter, Winter 2015-2016 

2014    Opar, David A., et al. “Acute hamstring strain injury in track-and-field athletes: A 3-year 
             observational study at the Penn Relay Carnival.”  Scandinavian Journal of 
             Medicine & Science in Sports 24.4 (2014): e254-e259

2005    Drezner JA, Ulager J, Sennett BJ. Hamstring Muscle Injuries in Track & Field Athletes: A  
             3-Year Study at the Penn Relay Carnival. Clin J Sport Med 2005;15(5):386.  Abstract.

2005    Ulager J, Pearson A, Tomescu O, Hill C, Auerswald C, Ginsburg KR; Why Should I Trust
             You?  Homeless Youth Share What it Takes for Professionals to Earn their Trust.  Journal of
             Adolescent Health. February, 2005 (Vol. 36, Issue 2, Pages 133-134).  Abstract.