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Ambrose Wong

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of Simulation Research; Fellowship Director, Medical Simulation, Dept Clinical: Emergency Medicine



Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, MHS, is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, with a focus on teamwork, patient safety, behavioral health, and healthcare disparities. He is the Research Director and Fellowship Director at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation. He also has expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods techniques for health services research.

Dr. Wong applies healthcare simulation technology to address workplace violence and improve behavioral care in the emergency setting. He has authored eighteen peer-reviewed publications on behavioral emergency care and received an NIH NCATS KL2 & YCCI Scholar Award to implement an agitation code team response intervention. He is the current recipient of an NIMH K23 career development award to investigate the use of health IT in preventing episodes of agitation for behavioral patients in the emergency department. He received an NIMHD R21 exploratory/developmental research grant that will identify factors contributing to bias and disparities during episodes of agitation using natural language processing and cognitive methods. In September 2023, he was approved for funding from PCORI for his project “Peer Support Enhanced Behavioral Crisis Response Teams in the Emergency Department”. The project will compare the use of peer support services embedded within a structured clinical response team to patients experiencing behavioral crises in the ED to current standard of care, allowing a major step forward for community engagement and patient centered care for mental health crisis.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Peer Support Enhanced Behavioral Crisis Response Teams in the Emergency Department (Broad Pragmatic Study)Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute2023
Emergency Medicine Section Research AwardSociety for Simulation in Healthcare2023
R21 Eploratory/Developmental Research Grant "Characterizing Bias and Care Disparities with Physical Restraint Use in the Emergency Setting Using Natural Language and Cognitive Data"National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2022
K23 Career Development Award “Clinical Decision Support Tool to Assess Risk and Prevent Agitation Events”National Institute of Mental Health2021
Change Agent AwardSociety for Academic Emergency Medicine, Simulation Academy2021
Top 2019 Peer ReviewerAnnals of Emergency Medicine2020
YCCI Scholar/NIH CTSA KL2 AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigation2019
Future Innovators in Research, Education and Simulation AwardSociety for Simulation in Healthcare2017
Nancy T. Watts Fellowship AwardMGH Institute of Health Professions2015
Chief Resident(s) of the Year AwardEmergency Medicine Residents' Association2014

Professional Service

Academic Emergency Medicine Education & TrainingEditorial Board Member2022 - Present
Annals of Emergency MedicineAssistant Editor2021 - Present
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine - Simulation AcademyTreasurer; President2018 - Present
Society for Simulation in Healthcare - Emergency Medicine SectionSecretary; Vice-Chair2018 - 2022

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