James Boulger, PhD

Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences

James Boulger

Contact Info

jboulger@d.umn.edu

Office Phone 218-726-8895

Fax 218-726-7559

Office Address:
237 SMED
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Mailing Address:
237 SMED
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Administrative Phone
(218) 726-7144

PhD, University of Minnesota

Summary

James Boulger, PhD, is a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Currently, he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences, and Family Medicine and Community Health. Boulger is also the director of alumni affairs, family medicine preceptorship program, and the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies.

Expertise

Rural health personnel needs, determinants of medical specialty and practice location, research mentoring with medical students

Awards & Recognition

  • Rural Health Hero Award: Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Association
  • National Rural Health Association Distinguished Rural Health Educator of the Year Award
  • University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service
  • University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society Harold S. Diehl Award
  • Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians President’s Award

Professional Associations

  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • National Rural Health Association
  • National Rural Medical Educators Group
  • Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers

Research

Research Funding Grants

2010-15, HRSA, PI, “Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine”

Publications

  • Rabinowitz H.K., Petterson S., Boulger J.G., Hunsaker, M.L., Diamond J.J., Markham F.W., Bazemore, A., and Phillips R.L. Medical school rural programs: A comparison with international medical graduates in addressing state level rural family physician and primary care supply.Academic Medicine. 2012;87(4);488-492.
  • Rabinowitz H.K., Petterson S., Boulger J.G., Hunsaker, M.L., Markham F.W., Diamond J.J., Bazemore, A., and Phillips R.L. Graham Center policy paper: Comprehensive medical school rural programs produce rural family physicians.American Family Physician. 2011;84(12):1350.
  • Downey, L.H., Wheat, J.R., Leeper, J.D., Florence, J.A., Boulger, J.G.,and Hunsaker, M.L. Undergraduate rural medical education program development: Focus group consultation with the NRHA Rural Medical Educators Group.J. Rural Health. 2011;27(2):230-238.
  • Zink, T., Center, B., Finstad, D., Boulger, J., Repesh, L., Westra, R., Christensen, R., and Brooks, K. Graduating rural primary care physicians: Examining outcomes from the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP).Academic Medicine. 2011;85(4):599-604.
  • Davis, G., Boulger, J., Hovland, J., and Hoven, N. The integration of a telemental health service into rural primary medical care.J. Agricultural Safety and Health. 2007;13(3):237-246.
  • Boulger, J. Rural perspectives. Center for Rural Policy and Development Newsletter. 2006;9(4):1, 3-4.
  • Christensen, R.G., Boulger, J.,and Mareck, D. The rural summer internship.Minnesota Medicine. 2004;87:34-36.
  • Boulger, J.G.The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. In: Trowbridge G, ed. The Will And The Way. Duluth, Minnesota: Goldfine/Larson; 2004:213-218.
  • Stamm, B., Piland, N., Crouse, B., Boulger, J., Davis, G., & others. Essays from the Field. In B. Hudnall Stamm (Ed.),Behavioral Healthcare in Rural and Frontier Areas: An Interdisciplinary Handbook.Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; 2003:11-20.
  • Smith, C., Boulger, J., and Beattie, K. Exploring the dual-physician marriage.Minnesota Medicine. 2002;85:39-43.
  • Boulger, J. Successful Duluth program narrows the gender gap. Family Medicine. 2001;33:6-7.
  • Boulger, J. Minnesota bound: Stability of practice location among UMD family physicians in Minnesota.Minnesota Medicine. 2000;83:48-50.
  • Boulger, J., and Oberstar, J. Uneasy partnering: Physicians, politicians and policies.Minnesota Physician. 1999;23:36-37.
  • Oberstar, J., Boulger, J., Crouse, B., and Huntley, T. Physicians’ perceptions of risk adjustment and health policy in Minnesota.Minnesota Medicine. 1999;82:43-50.
  • Crabtree, J., Mitchell, J., Wentworth, K., and Boulger, J. Managed care in Minnesota: Physicians’ attitudes and perceptions.Minnesota Medicine. 1998;81: 39-44.

Presentations

  • Boulger, J., Onello, E., Wheat, J., Leeper, J., Hunsaker, M., Davenport, C., Duong, T., Hall, K. and Danek, R. Educating the Rural Physician Workforce: The Roles and Successes of Regional Campuses. STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, February 6, 2015, Atlanta, GA.
  • Boulger, J., Nichols, K. and Onello, E. iPad Use in Undergraduate Medical Education: What Apps, E-Texts and Websites do Students Use? STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, February 6, 2015, Atlanta, GA.
  • Boulger, J. Classrooms & Cornfields: How to Address the Shortage of Rural Providers. Annual Meeting of Minnesota Rural Health Cooperative, October 7, 2014, Granite Falls, MN
  • Onello, E., Beehler, S., and Boulger, J. From Cornfields to Classrooms to Collaborations: How our Medical School can Partner with your Rural Community. Minnesota Rural Health Conference: Weaving the Threads of Rural Health. June 23, 2014, Duluth, MN.
  • Boulger, J. Moderator: Research Paper Session. 2014 Annual Conference, National Rural Health Association, April 23, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Boulger, J. Transitionitis in Minnesota: Leadership Transitions and Program Sustainability. 2014 Rural Medical Educators Conference, April 22, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Boulger, J., and Onello, E. Recruitment and Retention of Rural Preceptors: Old and New Perspectives. Annual STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, February 1, 2014, Nashville, TN.
  • Onello, E., and Boulger, J. Family Medicine Preceptorships for First-Year Medical Students: Looking Back While Moving Forward. Annual STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, January 31, 2014, Nashville, TN.
  • Boulger, J.Moderator, ORHP Workforce Initiatives: What Have We Learned? Annual Meeting National Rural Health Association, May 9, 2013, Louisville, KY.
  • Onello, E., Christensen, R., and Boulger, J. The Rural Medical Scholars Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. Annual Meeting of the Rural Medical Educators Group of the National Rural Health Association, May 7, 2013, Louisville, KY.
  • Boulger, J. Expanding Choices in Rural Medical Education. Rural Medical Educators’ Conclave, February 21, 2013, Rockford, IL.
  • Boulger, J. Keeping It Mutual: Building Sustainable Relationships With Community Preceptors. Presented at the National Rural Medical Educators Meeting, April 17, 2012, Denver, CO.
  • Boulger, J.G. New Grantee Orientation. Quarterly Grantee Webinar for Predoctoral Grantees. National HRSA Webinar, October 26, 2011.
  • Davis, G., Boulger, J.,and Hovland, J. Mental Health Services Delivered Virtually To Rural Primary Care Clinics. Presented at the Rural Economic and Wellness Symposium, Webinar October 13, 2011.
  • Boulger, J. Innovations in Rural Medical Education: The Rural Health Scholars Program. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Medical Educators Conference, May 3, 2011, Austin, TX.
  • Boulger, J. Rural Medical Education Revisions at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. Presented at the Rural Medical Educators Conclave, February 28, 2010, Columbia, MO.
  • Boulger, J. Meeting Physician Workforce Needs In Minnesota. Presented at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference, June 29, 2010, Duluth, MN.
  • Brooks, K., Christensen, R., and Boulger, J.Rural Medical Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Presented at the Minnesota Hospital Association’s Healthcare Executive Institute, March 11, Minneapolis, MN.

Teaching

Courses

Introduction to Rural Family Medicine (Fall Semester); Introduction to Rural Family Medicine: Interviewing (Fall Semester); Social and Behavioral Medicine 1 and 2; First Year Family Medicine Preceptorship (Fall and Winter Semesters); Rural Medical Scholars (Spring Semester and Summer Semester, First Year); Rural Medical Scholars (Spring Semester and Summer Semester, Second Year)