Prof. Josh Merson joined the MGH Institute in April 2015 and is the current Chair and Program Director of the Department of PA Studies. 

As one of the core founding faculty of the PA Program, Professor Merson has been instrumental in the establishment of the program curriculum design and responsible for educational innovation in medical simulation, laboratory design, and OSCE practical exams/assessment. He also teaches a variety of courses at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, including topics in Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, and PA Practice.

In 2019, Professor Merson was awarded the Physician Assistant Education Association Rising Star Award. Additionally, he was awarded the Professional Achievement Award from his alma mater Sargent College at Boston University, received the Advisor of the Year Award and Faculty of the Year Award, and was inducted into as a Teaching Excellence and Academy of Learning fellow and bestowed the title Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor at the MGH IHP.

Professor Merson is board certified in emergency medicine and disaster medicine and currently practices with MGH Primary Care and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. He also serves as a Disaster Medical Assistant Team member with Disaster Medical Assistance Team MA-1. He is a Director at Large with the Massachusetts Association of PAs, the only professional group representing the Physician Assistant profession in Massachusetts. 

  • BS, Health Science, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies, University of New England, Portland, ME
  • MS-HPEd, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • Emergency Medicine Certificate, NCCPA
  • National Healthcare Disaster Certification, American Nurses Association
  • DMSc, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA

Mr. Merson has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Mr. Merson's publications in his CV. 

Pilonidal disease.


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. 



In addition, Mr. Merson regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see his CV for a complete list of presentations.

Inferior vena cava syndrome: A clinical case study and review of congenital anomalies at SGIM New England.

An analysis of the development of Charcot arthropathy in a 39-year-old male with chronic hepatitis C and alcohol use disorder without a history of diabetes at SGIM New England. 

Active learning in the virtual world at ASAHP Annual Conference.

Putting it into practice: volunteering at a student-faculty collaborative clinic enhances the confidence of the physician assistant student at Nexus Summit 2020 Annual Meeting.

Student-run medical simulation lab: A pilot program at Nexus Summit 2020 Annual Meeting.

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Awards and Honors

2022 Department of PA Studies Faculty of the Year Award

This award honors a distinguished faculty member who demonstrates excellence in classroom teaching and in supporting PA students’ growth and development in the didactic setting.

2022 IHP Teaching Excellence Academy for Learning Fellow

The aim of TEAL is to: 

  • Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Honor Institute faculty who demonstrate sustained contributions to teaching excellence
  • Spread promising practices in health professions education
  • Provide mentorship for early career faculty members

2020 Boston University Sargent College Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Given to an alumnus/a who has translated his or her Sargent experience into practice, resulting in the advancement of health and rehabilitation sciences.

2019 Advisor of the Year

MGH Institute of Health Professions 

2019 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a program faculty member with three to seven years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to PA education.

2018 Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice (Crimson Care Collaborative)

This award honors an individual or team that has distinguished itself in advancing interprofessional education or practice (IPE/P) within, or in collaboration with, MGH Institute of Health Professions.