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DO elected to leadership position on ACGME Board of Directors

As vice chair, Karen J. Nichols, DO, is the first osteopathic physician to serve in a leadership position on the ACGME Board.


AOA Past President Karen J. Nichols, DO, is the new vice chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Board of Directors.

The ACGME Board elected Dr. Nichols when it met last month. Dr. Nichols is the first DO to serve in a leadership position on the ACGME Board.

Karen Nichols, DO

Dr. Nichols also currently serves on the AOA’s President’s Advisory Council. She was the dean of Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 to 2018. She was also the first female president of the AOA, the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

She is a graduate of Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from KCU-COM.

Further reading:

Karen J. Nichols, DO, moves on from MWU/CCOM to focus on promoting osteopathic medicine

PBS documentary covers women in osteopathic medicine

AOA-certified docs can now be program directors for ACGME residencies in all specialties


  1. Mark Foppe DO FAAEM FACOEP

    I have always said I want to be Karen Nichols DO when I grow up.
    She is a role model for us all.
    The osteopathic community is blessed that she is one of us and is so willing to serve.
    Lead on Karen!

  2. Anthony McCloud

    Great, perhaps she can help to end DO discrimination in allopathic residencies so that students who are qualified have equal opportunity!

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