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National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation

Advancing medical modeling and simulation training to improve patient care and education and developing new standards and technologies through active collaboration.

Explore National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling & Simulation

The National Center for Collaboration in Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS) is a joint effort of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Old Dominion University (ODU) that was formally established by Congress in 2001. NCCMMS is led by Don Combs, PhD, Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions at EVMS.  The Program Director is Bob Armstrong, Executive Director of the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at EVMS.


The NCCMMS will be a national leader in, and Hampton Roads will be a recognized region for, medical modeling and simulation collaboration and development.


  • Develop simulation-based technologies that impart efficient and effective learning, support certification in new procedures and support periodic recertification requirements to improve the training and education of healthcare professionals
  • Develop simulation-based technologies to improve patient care
  • Develop and employ medical modeling and simulation standards to foster cost effective products and prevent duplication
  • Develop a cadre of trained medical and healthcare simulation specialists to further domain expertise
  • Collaborate with medical and healthcare licensing bodies regarding the proper use of simulation in teaching, training and certification

Collaboration is fostered through these programs:

  • Medical Modeling and Simulation Database
  • Medical Simulation Development Laboratory‚ÄĆ