Human Simulation and Patient Safety VCU Medical Center VCU School of Medicine
Human Simulation and Patient Safety


Dr. Ellen Brock, M.D., M.P.H.
Moshe Feldman, Ph.D.

Cheryl Bodamer, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H.
David Walton, M.S., B.B.A.

Mark Hix, B.S.

Stephen Horn, B.S.

Ted Carter, M.F.A., B.A.

Pamela Daniel, B.A.

Medical Director
Assistant Director of Research & Evaluation
Assistant Professor Simulation Educator
Assistant Director Simulation Technology
Simulation Technology Specialist
Simulation Technology Specialist
Simulation Program Coordinator
Simulation Program Assistant
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Dr. Ellen Brock, M.D., M.P.H. – Medical Director

Ellen Brock, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was appointed as the first Medical Director for the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety effective January 1, 2008. Dr. Brock received the M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She received the M.P.H. degree with a special interest in international health from VCU, and has worked internationally in health care delivery and education. Since 1987, Dr. Brock has served with distinction as faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she established a record of excellence in patient care, teaching, and service. Dr. Brock serves or has served on multiple departmental, institutional and professional committees. She implemented a curriculum for simulation based laparoscopic surgical skills training for gynecology residents at VCU. Her current research interests include surgical skills education and development of models and curriculum for improving operating room performance . She is also leading the VCU Health System medical error disclosure project. Dr. Brock is dedicated to the development and implementation of curricula for simulation-based training at VCU.


Moshe Feldman, Ph.D. – Asst. Director of Research & Evaluation

Moshe Feldman, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida where he conducted most of his work in the areas of human factors, team training, simulation, and organizational behavior. After completing his degree, Dr. Feldman served as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Simulation Initiatives at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine where he helped develop and implement the strategic plan for simulation in a new medical school. He was responsible for the strategic integration of simulation based methods into the undergraduate medical school curriculum including the use of human patient simulation, virtual patients, and immersive environments. In addition, he developed and implemented assessment tools to support simulation based educational activities including standardized patient rater training and teamwork assessment tools. Dr. Feldman currently supports the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety in the areas of assessment, evaluation, training, and human factors. His current responsibilities include developing and assessing the impact of simulation based training on performance and patient safety outcomes. In addition, he works on multiple projects dealing with human performance across the medical education continuum.


Cheryl Bodamer, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H. – Simulation Educator

Cheryl Bodamer, PhD, RN, M.P.H., is our simulation educator. She received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from VCU with a concentration in Health Policy, an MPH from the VCU School of Medicine and a BSN from the VCU School of Nursing. Cheryl has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 20 years to develop and implement a regional Perinatal Outreach Education program as well as the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program with VCU faculty, public health providers, and community physicians and nurses. Her clinical nursing experience includes Neonatal and Pediatric ICU; her simulation based experience is as Regional Trainer in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Neonatal Resuscitation Program and the Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) from the University of Virginia. She also coordinated the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) regional Fetal Monitoring program. This year, she taught the AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor Courses for the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. In addition, Cheryl assisted with the development of and served on the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Team with the Virginia Department of Health at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She is also a long time volunteer with the March of Dimes.


David Walton, M.S., B.B.A. – Assistant Director Simulation Technology

David Walton, M.S., B.B.A., comes to us from the Clinical Simulation Center at Radford University and Roanoke High Education Center. David managed both simulation sites which were responsible for helping to address the nursing shortages in Virginia with participants from New River Community College, Wytheville Community College, Jefferson College of Health and Science, Virginia Western Community College and Patrick Henry Community College. David has a B.B.A. from Radford University and extensive experience in simulation, managing IT infrastructures, audio video, implementation of multi-terabyte systems, strategic planning, and risk assessment. David recently earned his M.S. at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Mark Hix, B.S. – Simulation Technology Specialist

Mark Hix, B.S., joined us as a Simulation Technology Specialist in October 2010. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned his B.S. degree in Business Information Systems, with a concentration in Networking. He has previous experience in the production of medical journals, as well as applied technology support in the areas of desktop, server, storage and network infrastructure services. Mark also has background knowledge in software programming, as well as customer service and project management experience in both the private and public sectors.


Stephen Horn, B.S. – Simulation Technology Specialist

S.Winter Horn joined us as a Simulation Technology Specialist in April 2013. He attended VCU where he earned his BS degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Physics. His previous simulation expense is designing and testing projects to allow individuals to work in extreme temperatures for the private sector. There he developed an understanding of cooling methods for the human body and skills in rapid prototyping and CNC machining. He then ventured on to an emerging technology of wireless data transmission to the home. There he applied technical services to desktops, networks, servers and obtained further project management experience. 


Ted Carter, M.F.A., B.A. – Simulation Program Coordinator

Ted Carter, M.F.A., B.A., joined us in January, 2012. After earning his degree from the University of Richmond, he served four years as a Quartermaster officer in the United States Army where his assignments ranged from Forward Commander of the 54th Mortuary Affairs Company in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to Personnel and Logistics Officer for the 266th Quartermaster Battalion to Executive Officer for an Advanced Individual Training Company for new Army cooks. After being honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Captain, Ted taught high school and middle school Drama. He then received his Standardized Patient Educator certification from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and became the first coordinator for VCU’s Standardized Patient Program. Ted recently earned his M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy at VCU.


Pamela Daniel, B.A. – Simulation Program Assistant

Pamela Daniel, B.A., joined us August 2013 as a standardized patient and quickly transitioned into the role of Simulation Program Assistant in January 2014.  Pamela attended Clark Atlanta University where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts.  During college, Pamela served as an actor/educator with EN-ACTE Rep Company, a theatre-based educational program targeted at adolescents to reduce health risks, based in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.  She also served as a standardized patient for Morehouse School of Medicine.  Pamela developed her administrative management and customer service background working in the private, public and non-profit sector.