Carol NicholsCarol A. Nichols, PhD

Assistant Dean for Curriculum: Foundations of Medicine
MCG Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

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EDUCATION

1993 - BS, Shorter College, Rome, Georgia

2000 - PhD, Augusta University

HONORS AND AWARDS

2020 -  International Association of Medical Science Educators Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship.

2014 - Medical College of Georgia Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching

2008 - Inaugural Member, Augusta University Academy of Educators

2006 - Medical College of Georgia Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching

Additional

Primary Gross Anatomy teaching faculty for Medicine

Orientation to Medicine Module Director

Past Medical Gross Anatomy Program Director

My research interests are related to medical education. Specifically, I am interested in innovative curricular and course development, instructional design, competency-based assessments and determining the effectiveness of educational strategies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

As an Assistant Dean for Curriculum and trained Gross Anatomist, my research interests are related to medical education. Specifically, I am interested in innovative curricular and course development, instructional design, competency-based assessments and determining the effectiveness of educational strategies.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)

American Association of Anatomists (AAA)

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

DeFoor, M, East, L, Mann, P, Nichols CA. “Implementation and evaluation of a near-peer-facilitated medical ethics curriculum for first-year medical students: A pilot study.” Medical Science Educator 2019, DOI 10.1007/s40670-019-00873-4

Newton, B., Nichols, CA, and van Hoeij, M. “How to be an Effective Course Coordinator” 5th edition. International Association of Medical Science Educators (2016 Workshop Manual).

Jana, KE, Bush, C., Prosser, JD, Birchall, M, Postma, G, Nichols, CA, and Weinberger, P.  “The Body as Living a Bioreactor: a Feasibility Study of Pedicle Flaps for Tracheal Transplantation.” European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 269(8): August 2012. 

Kelly N, Angelo A, Harden R, Schlesinger J, Ehrmann SC, and Nichols CA. “Learner-Centered Strategies for the Lecture Hall: An IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar Series.” Journal of International Association of Medical Science Educators; 18(1): 18-20, 2008.

Nichols CA and Wragg S. “Course Development” In: Work JA (ed). The MCG Medical Teacher's Handbook. MedEdPortal; 2007.

Nichols CA “Handouts” In: Work JA (ed). The MCG Medical Teacher's Handbook. MedEdPortal; 2007.

Nichols CA and Creazzo TL. “L-type Ca2+ channel function in the avian embryonic heart after cardiac neural crest ablation” American Journal of Physiology- Heart & Circulatory Physiology 288(3): H1173-8, Mar. 2005.

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

McCafferty, S. Rivera-Bloodworth, M, Nichols, CA. “Practice Makes Perfect: How to Engage Medical Students in Professionalism Discussions.” International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting, Las Vegas, NV July 2018. (Focus Session Co-Presenter).

Nichols, CA “Engaging Medical Students in Professionalism Discussions” MCG-UGA Partnership Campus, Athens, GA 2018. (Seminar Speaker).

Nichols, CA “Integration of a Pre-Clerkship Curriculum: Getting to the Heart of the Matter” Rowan University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ 2017.

Nichols, CA. "Teaching (And Learning) to Prepare the Next Generation of Undergraduate Students for Professional Healthcare Programs.” University of Georgia Scientists Engaged in Education Research. Athens, GA 2016. (Presenter and Panelist).

Nichols CA. “Teaching Anatomy in an Integrated Medical Curriculum: Getting to the Heart of the Matter” American Association of Anatomists meeting, San Diego CA 2014. (Symposium Presenter).

Nichols, CA “Integrating Learning in the Foundational and Clinical Sciences” Indiana University Perdue University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 2013.

Sickles, DW and Nichols, CA. “Pathway to integration: From anxiety to friends with benefits.” Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience Chairs meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2013. (Plenary Co-Presenter).

Burns, C, Nichols, CA, and Newton, B. “Coordinating multiple types of feedback, assessment, and evaluation throughout a course or a curriculum” International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting St. Andrews, Scotland 2013. (Focus Session Co-Presenter).