B.S., Shorter University; Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University


Carol Nichols, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Foundational Curriculum and Foundational Sciences Chair at Methodist University Cape Fear Valley Health School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols is a gross anatomist by training and an enthusiastic medical educator and student mentor.  Her interests include curriculum and course design and medical education research.

Dr. Nichols served as the gross anatomy program director and then Assistant Dean for Foundations of Medicine Curriculum at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., before becoming the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C.

Her professional activities include service as a member of the USMLE Step 1 Gross Anatomy Test Development Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners and Secretary and Executive Board Member for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).  In 2020, she received the IAMSE Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship.

Dr. Nichols earned her B.S. degree in biology from Shorter University and her Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy from the Medical College of Georgia.