About A. Laurel Gorman, Ph.D.

Dr. Gorman completed a Ph.D. in pharmacology and therapeutics with a primary focus in neuropharmacology from Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine. During her years at LSU, she discovered a passion for teaching while educating undergraduate allied health students Although her initial focus was the neuropharmacology of cocaine, Dr. Gorman diversified her scholarship by completing a distinguished NIDA fellowship at Cornell University School of Medicine and a senior Miami Project Pain fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Despite publishing many peer-reviewed papers and numerous national presentations, Dr. Gorman left bench research and the lab behind in 2000 to follow her passion by establishing a teaching career at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Medical Sciences. Promoted for teaching excellence to Associate Professor of Pharmacology in an educator track, she earned top faculty and student accolades for excellence as well as recognition for teaching dedication and creativity.

After nine years, she left NSU to develop and implement innovative educational programs for the new UCF College of Medicine (COM). As a founding faculty, Dr. Gorman has played an essential role in designing, directing and analyzing the pharmacology curriculum since the doors of the medical school first opened to students. During her years at UCF COM, Dr. Gorman has been a pioneer in developing an innovative and integrated pharmacology curriculum for a new medical school. A critical member of the core faculty teams for most of the second year systems modules since 2009, Dr. Gorman also served as director of assessment for Cardiopulmonary module during its early years of development, and was eventually appointed as the Endocrine and Reproductive Module Co-Director in 2014. She has extensive expertise in developing diverse teaching pedagogy, pharmacology curriculum design, analysis, and outcomes assessment. She has received local and national recognition for her innovative teaching, being awarded an educator award from the national ASPET Division of Pharmacology Educators in 2012 as well as the highly competitive UCF COM Golden Apple for the best 2nd year teacher in 2012-2013, the 2014 UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award, and the 2015 UCF Teaching Incentive Performance Award (TIPS) for effective and innovative teaching. She has represented UCF COM as an invited speaker regionally and nationally on topics ranging from the pharmacology of prescription drug abuse to building an integrated pharmacology curriculum. Nationally, she was one of a few educators invited to speak at the 2014 ASPET Teaching Institute in San Diego on the topic of techniques to enhance interactivity in pharmacology teaching, and she was the primary author and a co-presenter an of 2015 ASPET national educational symposium on collaborative pharmacology learning.

She currently conducts medical education research with her major research projects being focused on the use of high fidelity medical simulations to teach preclinical medical school pharmacology. Other areas of educational research interest include curriculum development and integration for new medical schools and the educational efficacy of interactive and innovative pedagogies to teach preclinical medical school pharmacology. She has presented the results of her research and described her educational innovations at national meetings, and recently won a first place award at the International Society for Simulations in Healthcare meeting for her research showing improved retention of pharmacology learned in high fidelity simulation.

Medical Education Research: Peer-reviewed publications and abstracts:

Gorman, L. (2015). Successful implementation of interactive medical pharmacology self-learning modules (SLMs) supports efficient, clinically integrated, student-directed learning across the undergraduate continuum. Abs SGEA of the AAMC; to be presented at the 2015 SGEA meeting of the AAMC, Charlotte, NC.

Gorman, L., Hernandez, C., Castiglioni, A. (2015). Comparison of second year medical student treatment selection in cued versus non-cued pharmacotherapy choices during high fidelity medical simulation. Abs IAMSE; to be published in Medical Science Educator and presented at the 2015 IAMSE meeting, San Diego, CA.

Gorman, L., Reuben, J., Szarek, J. (2015). Can we talk? Strategies for collaborative pharmacology education. The Pharmacologist 57(1):50; presented at the ASPET meeting, Boston, MA.

Gorman, A.L., Hernandez, C., Castiglioni, A. (2015). Second year medical students’ perceptions of self-directed versus cued learning of pharmacotherapeutics in a high fidelity medical simulation (HFMS). The FASEB Journal, 29, (1 Supplement): 928.8; presented at the Experimental Biology meeting, Boston, MA.

Gorman, A.L., Burkholder, R. (2015). Board 127 Long-term outcomes of pre-clinical HFMS: Emerging third-year medical students retain second-year cardiopulmonary pharmacology taught in high-fidelity simulation six months after the simulation experience. Simulation in Healthcare, 9(6), 412; presented at the International Medical Simulations in Healthcare meeting, New Orleans, LA. – 1st Place educational research abstract

Gorman, A. L., Gros, B., Johnson, T., Cendan, J. (2014). Incorporation of autonomic pharmacology into high fidelity simulated cardiopulmonary critical care scenarios improves cardiopulmonary pharmacology assessment performance. The FASEB Journal, 28(1 Supplement):719-3; presented at the Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego, CA.

Gorman, A.L. (2014). Do pedagogy employed to teach undergraduate cardiovascular medical pharmacology differ in promoting self-directed learning, clinical relevance, and reflective formative learning components? Abstracts of the 18th Annual Meeting of International Association of Medical Science Educators in Medical Science Educator 24(1s):25-58, 160; presented at the IAMSE meeting, Nashville, Tenn.

Gorman, A. Laurel, Harris, David, Podolin, Deborah, Ryan, Kathleen (2014). Development of Interdisciplinary Simulations that Promote Vertical And Horizontal Integration In Undergraduate Medical Education: A Collaborative Multi-Institutional Discussion. IAMSE, Nashville, Tenn.

Gorman, L., Harris, D., Hernandez, C., Asmar, A., Castiglioni, A., Cendan, J. (2014) Making the Pieces Fit: Using Multidisciplinary High Fidelity Medical Simulations to Facilitate Integration of Pharmacology across the Undergraduate Educational Continuum . SGEA regional meeting of the AAMC, Miami, FL.

Gorman, L., Balkwill, D., Carrizosa, J., Lee, M. (2014) Integrating Anti-Microbial Pharmacology in an Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: Linking the Clinical and Basic Sciences using Diverse Pedagogic Approaches and Self-Directed Learning Techniques. SGEA regional meeting of the AAMC, Miami, FL.

Gorman, A. Laurel, Hernandez, Cari, Castiglioni, Analia; Juan Cendan (2013). Use of Simulations to Increase Second Year Medical Student Awareness of Medication Error. GEA, AAMC meeting, Philadelphia, Penn.

Gorman A, Voorhees D. (2013) Collaboration Needs a Place in Medical Education. Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference AAMC Group on Information Resources. Vancouver, BC.

Gorman, A.L., Gros, B., Cendan, J (2013) Teaching of 2nd year medical school autonomic pharmacology in simulated shock experiences. Abs ASPET, EB meeting, Boston, MA.

Gorman, A.L. & Berry, A. (2011) Perceptions of second year medical students to interactive tools, games, and audience response systems incorporated to teach pharmacology . Abs ASPET, EB meeting, San Diego, CA.

Gorman, A.L.. Innovative and interactive tools to teach pharmacology (2011). Medical Science Educator. 21(3S): 295.

Invited or Guest Speaker:

2015: National ASPET Education Symposium on Collaborative Learning “Can we Talk”, Topic Title: “Many Heads are better than one…it’s TBL Time”, Experimental Biology, ASPET DPE subdivision, Boston, MA.

2014 National ASPET Teaching Institute Technology for Effective Teaching Topic title: “ The Games We Play: Incorporating Technology to Enhance Interactive Pharmacology Teaching”, Experimental Biology, ASPET subdivision, San Diego, CA.

2013 FIU Invited Medical Education speaker: “Building An Integrated Pharmacology Cubiculum for a New 21st Century Medical School”.  Miami, FL.

2011 Florida Drug Abuse Prevention Council Conference Invited Speaker on Drug Abuse: “Pharmacology of Prescription Pain Pill Abuse” Orlando, Fl.

2010 Florida Drug Abuse Prevention Council Conference Invited Speaker on Opioids and Benzodiazepines:  “Pharmacology of addictive sedatives: Opioid Analgesics and Sedatives ” Orlando, Fl.

Basic Science Research: Peer-reviewed publications:

Paulson, P.E., Gorman, A.L., Yezerski, R.P., Casey, K.L., Morrow, T.J. (2005)  Differences in forebrain activation in two strains of rat at rest and after spinal cord injury.  Exp Neurology 196(2):413-421.

Zhu, H., Brodsky, M., Gorman, A.L., Inturrisi, C.E.  (2003)  Region specific changes in the NMDA  receptor mRNA induced by chronic morphine treatment are prevented by the co-administration of the competitive NMDA receptor antagonist LY27414.  Mol Brain Research 114:154-162.

Gorman, A.L., Yu, C-G., Ruenes, G., Daniels, L., Yezerski, R.P.  (2001)  Conditions affecting the onset, severity, and progression of a spontaneous, pain-like behavior after excitotoxic spinal cord injury.  Journal of Pain 2(4): 229-240.

Shimoyama, M., Shimoyama, N., Gorman, A.L., Elliott, K.J., Inturrisi, C.E. (1999)  Oral ketamine is antinociceptive in the rat formalin test: Role of the metabolite norketamine.  Pain 81:85-93.

Gorman, A. Laurel, Ellioitt, K.J., Inturrisi, C.E.  (1997)  The d- and l- isomers of methadone bind to the non-competitive site of the NMDA receptor in rat forebrain and spinal cord. Neurosci Lett. 223(1): 5-8.

Gorman, A. Laurel; Dunn, Adrian J.  (1993) Beta-Adrenergic receptors are involved in stress-related behavioral changes.  Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 45: 1 – 7.

Yang, X.-M.; Gorman, A. Laurel; Dunn, Adrian J.; Goeders, Nick E. (1992) Anxiogenic effects of acute and chronic cocaine administration: Neurochemical and behavioral studies.  Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 41: 643 – 650.

Yang, X.-M.; Gorman, A. Laurel; Dunn, Adrian J. (1990) The involvement of  central noradrenergic systems and corticotropin-releasing factor in defensive withdrawal behavior in rats.  Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics 255: 1064 – 1070.