Dr. Diann Krywko joined the MUSC faculty full time in January of 2008. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University-Lyman Briggs College of Natural Science in 1992 and then graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1996. She completed a residency in emergency medicine in 1999 at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and was board certified in emergency medicine the following year. Dr. Krywko was a clinical instructor, and subsequently an assistant professor at the University of Michigan working clinically in Flint, Michigan at Hurley Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center for almost 10 years.
Academically, Dr. Krywko was promoted to associate professor in 2010 in the clinician educator track. She has submitted/published five book chapters, along with having authorship on multiple publications. Three chapters are in Roberts and Hedges, one of the standard texts in the field of EM. Furthermore, she has developed expertise in indwelling central catheters, OB Trauma, and Loxosceles evenomation, having done research on Loxosceles reclusa venom while faculty at University of Michigan. She has served as a member of the AAWEP, AMA, ACEP, and SAEM. Currently, she is a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Medicine among others, as well as an editor.
Continuing in her passion for teaching, Dr. Krywko assumed the role of associate program director of the MUSC EM residency program from 2008 to 2013. She revised the educational curriculum as curriculum director, resulting in marked quality improvement. Her evaluations from residents, APPs, medical students, and nurses are consistently high. She is recognized as an inspiring teacher and has excellent teaching evaluations. Dr. Krywko has been nominated for the Golden Apple Award, and for the ACEP Faculty Teaching Award and MUSC Educational Excellence Award. The EM residents have awarded her the Platinum Podium Award for her didactic education contributions and the Ultimate Fighter Award for four years for clinical resident advocacy.
Her main interest is mentoring, in particular women. Dr. Krywko mentors within the College of Medicine, the division of EM and the emergency medicine residency program. She re-established a women’s mentoring group for EM and pediatric residents and serves as faculty liaison. In 2012, Dr. Krywko assumed the role of EM division mentoring champion. She extends her mentoring into the college, having served on the WSI committee establishing mini-mentoring sessions for faculty. Her lectures on women in leadership have been presented at MUSC, CMC, and Hackensack.
Currently her research and academic endeavors have been focused on wellness and professional development and her innovative EM*Ppowered (emergency medicine pesonal and professional wellness, renewed engagement, and development) initiative. This multifactorial initiative includes an evidenced based curriculum, a newly developed senior elective, and a residency wellness committee. Her work has been presented at SAEM and in the Department of Medicine research symposium, taking third place for faculty research.