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 and Medical Director
Department of Family Medicine

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


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.

2004               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 


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.