Director's Welcome

Lisa Walker


Welcome to the MGH Institute’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies.  As a long-time PA educator and practicing physician assistant, I want to share my enthusiasm for my profession and our developing program at the Institute.

The Physician Assistant profession is growing rapidly, and there are unprecedented opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Choosing to earn your master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at the Institute will ensure you will learn from and work alongside clinicians and researchers who are highly regarded in their disciplines and who practice at world-class institutions. 

You will find that we are building a program with heart – one designed to be student-centered and to meet the unique needs of the adult learner.  The curriculum was designed around the program’s mission and goals and with the following criteria in mind:

  • Model appropriate life balance
  • Promote lifelong learning and critical thinking skills
  • Integrate the basic sciences, medicine, and clinical skills across the curriculum and
  • Reinforce developing compassion in students and improving patient care by incorporating the humanities, ethics, mindfulness, and personal resilience.

The Institute is committed to ensuring all our graduates are prepared to function effectively as members of health care teams to reflect the evolution of patient care methods that improve outcomes, shorten hospital stays, and focus on the whole patient.

Physician Assistant students will learn alongside and with students and faculty from the rehabilitation, nursing, and medical disciplines, preparing you to advocate for your patients as they navigate an increasingly complex medical environment.  This interprofessional practice will distinguish you as an employee of choice and ultimately improve your patients’ health and well-being.

I wish you the best of luck in your quest to become a physician assistant, and look forward to helping you achieve this goal.

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Lisa K. Walker, MPAS, PA-C
Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

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