Rochester, Minnesota


Beckman.Thomas@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


The primary research interest of Thomas J. Beckman, M.D., is medical education with concentrations in clinical teaching, assessment and scale design.

His studies have addressed professionalism, physician well-being, quality improvement, graduate medical education, continuing medical education (CME) and quality of reporting in the literature.

Dr. Beckman's clinical experience began as a U.S. Navy diving medical officer. While on active duty, he graduated from the Navy dive school and served with three dive commands in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; treated decompression illness, near drowning and other diving injuries; and educated physicians and technicians on diving and undersea medicine.

Dr. Beckman's current clinical focus is men's health, with interests in sexual and voiding dysfunction.

Focus areas

  • Medical education research. Clinical teaching, assessment, graduate medical education, CME and physician well-being.

Significance to patient care

The goals of research in medical education are to improve the understanding of best teaching practices and enhance learning across the spectrum of education, from medical school to continuous professional development.

Ultimately, research in medical education should improve health care and serve the needs of patients.

Professional highlights

  • Diving and undersea medical officer, U.S. Navy, 1993-1997
  • National Award for Career Achievements in Medical Education, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2015
  • Associate editor, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2010-present
  • Writing Committee, American College of Physicians Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP 17)
  • Member, Mayo Fellows Association Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine
  2. Professor of Medical Education


  1. Fellow - Advanced General Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  2. Resident General Internal Medicine Rese, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  4. U.S. Navy Diving and Undersea Medicine Training, Naval Undersea Medical Institute and Naval Diving Training Center
  5. Internship University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  6. MD Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
  7. BS - Biology, Maxima Cum Laude Loras College

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