Diana J. Kelm, M.D.

  1. Pulmonologist
  2. Internist
  3. Pulmonologist
  4. Critical Care Specialist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Kelm's research focus is on how to improve medical education for physicians-in-training. Much of her educational focus is geared to the intensive care unit, which is a high-stakes environment with critically ill patients. Her research includes procedural skills training and competency and simulation-based education for procedures and infrequent events such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The purpose of this research is to guarantee that our future doctors are trained adequately and appropriately for urgent invasive bedside procedures and medical emergencies; in addition, with this research, Dr. Kelm hopes to improve patient safety and patient outcomes with a reduction in post-procedural complications.

  • Procedural skills. Dr. Kelm is looking into what makes effective procedural teachers so that physicians-in-training are appropriately trained. This will include the creation of an assessment tool and validation of that tool. The goal of this line of research is to create effective invasive bedside procedural teachers.
  • Procedural Competency. Procedures are common in the intensive care unit and often occur in an urgent manner. This line of research will evaluate how to determine if physicians-in-training are competent in their procedural skills. The goal of this is to ensure the highest level of patient safety and improvement in patient outcomes.
  • Simulation-based education. Dr. Kelm has prior experience using simulation as a means of teaching physicians-in-training for both invasive bedside procedures as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The focus of this research has been on interprofessional education, teamwork, and communication. She has used novel techniques such as mindfulness meditation as a means to improve teamwork for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  1. Central venous catheterization
  2. Endotracheal intubation
  3. Lumbar puncture
  4. Paracentesis
  5. Thoracentesis
  • Intensive care unit
  • Pulmonary vasculitis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Asthma
  1. 2017
    FellowPulmonary and Critical Care Me, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2014
    Chief Medical ResidentInternal Medicine Residency Program, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2013
    Resident - Internal MedicineInternal Medicine Residency Program, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2010
    MDTexas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
  5. 2006
    BSTexas A&M University


  1. 2016
    Pulmonary DiseaseAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2013
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2017
    Education Science Career Development Award (ESCDA), Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Research (OASES), College of Medicine
  2. 2017
    Barbara Bush Distinguished Fellowship AwardMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  3. 2016
    Burgher Family Endowed Fellowship AwardPulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  4. 2006
    Magna cum laudeTexas A&M University

Professional memberships

  1. 2018 - present
    MemberATS Section of Medical Education: Interprofessional Education
  2. 2017 - present
    MemberSociety of Simulation in Healthcare
  3. 2017 - present
    MemberPulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Evaluation Committee
  4. 2017 - present
    MemberScholarship in Medical Education (SIMEG) Committee
  5. 2017 - present
    MemberATS Section of Medical Education: Assessment
  6. 2017 - present
    MemberCritical Care Fellowship Education Committee, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  7. 2017 - present
    MemberInternal Medicine Research in Education Group
  8. 2017 - present
    ChairEducation Research Subcommittee of the PCCM Education Committee
  9. 2015 - 2017
    MemberAssociation of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors -- Fellow Work Group
  10. 2015 - present
    MemberAn International Association for Medical Education
  11. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Thoracic Society
  12. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Chest Physicians
  13. 2014 - present
    MemberSociety of Critical Care Medicine
  14. 2010 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  15. 2010 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  16. 2010 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
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Research activities

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