Joshua Merson, MPAS, MS-HPEd, PA-C, EM-CAQ
Joshua Merson is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, who joined the MGH Institute in April 2015. Professor Merson earned his BS in Health Science from Boston University, his M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England, M.S. in Health Professions Education from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and current PhD student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He has also received his certificate of added qualification in emergency medicine from the NCCPA.
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 MGH Institute of Health Professions including topics in Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Dermatology.
In 2019, Professor Merson received the MGH Institute of Health Professions Advisor of the Year award and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Rising Star Award for noteworthy contributions to PA education. In 2018, he was awarded the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice Award as part of his work with the Crimson Care Collaborative.
Professor Merson currently practices in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as a Disaster Medical Assistant Team member within the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, he is the current President of 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
1. Merson, JR. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2018; 31(5): 54-54.
2. Merson, JR. Hypothyroidism. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2018; 31(12), 43-44.
3. Weinstein, A., Reidy, P., Simon, L., Makosky, A., Merson, J., Williams, R., Collin, C., Cohen, M. Developing Primary Care Interprofessional Education. The Clinical Teacher, 2018(15), 1-9.
4. Merson, JR., Shehu, M. Syphilis. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2019, 32(5), 59-60.
5. Merson, JR, Murphy, DC. What’s causing this pregnant patient’s rash? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2019; 32(10), 54-56.
1. Weinstein A, Reidy P, Cohen M, Merson J. Learning and working together: developing interprofessional education and training in a primary care setting. Workshop conducted at the National Conference of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Denver, CO, 2018.
2. Cleveland, H., Durkin J., Mac, P.D., Butler, M, Churchill, A. Merson, J. Putting it into practice: volunteering at a student-faculty collaborative clinic enhances confidence of the physician assistant student. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2019 May 20; Denver, CO
3. Merson, J., Sim, C., Clapp, M., Murphy, D. Do you TBL? Adventures in Team Based Learning. Presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association National Conference in Washington, DC, 2019.