Emil R. Petrusa, PhD

Emil R. Petrusa, PhD
Affiliated Faculty
Health Professions Education

Emil R. Petrusa, PhD, is Associate Professor, Dean’s Office, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Affiliated Faculty in the Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MS-HPEd) program in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Emil received a doctorate of educational psychology in 1979 from the University of Utah. He joined the faculty at UTMB at Galveston, Texas in the Department of Medicine. After 11 years, he took a job as associate dean at Duke University School of Medicine where he established the Office of Medical Education Research and Development.

In 2006, he moved to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he directed the Center for Outcomes Research in Education and the Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

In 2012 he began as a senior educational researcher in the Department of Surgery and the Learning Lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Emil also holds the academic rank of associate professor at Harvard Medical School. His current position is primarily to support clinical faculty in designing publishable work regarding student and resident education. He has had a strong interest in use of simulation to supplement and enhance traditional learning.

Research Interests

Much of Dr. Petrusa’s research has focused on use of simulation for assessment of learners’ performance. His early work stimulated development of what is now Step 2 CS. Since coming to Boston, his research is driven by the interests of faculty and residents, where he provides methodological expertise. 


See Dr. Petrusa's CV.


Given that Dr. Petrusa’s role at MGH is to support the research of others, he is not the first author and often is the senior one. The diversity of published topics reflects the range of interests of those with whom he collaborates.  See Dr. Petrusa's CV for presentations and publications

Curriculum Vitae