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About the Library: Emily Shohfi, MLIS, AHIP

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Emily Shohfi, Clinical Librarian

Emily Shohfi, MLIS, AHIP

Clinical Librarian

(301) 295-2603

Medical Humanism Collection

Emily Shohfi, MLIS, AHIP


Ms. Shohfi joined the Darnall team in 2018. She serves as the liaison to the Internal Medicine, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatry, General Surgery, and Sleep departments. She attends inpatient teaching rounds, conducting real-time searches of the evidence for clinicians and trainees. She is an expert searcher of a variety of clinical information tools to retrieve literature at the point of care. Emily also provides consultation and expertise for hospital personnel in literature searching for their clinical and research topics. 

In addition to searching services, Emily provides instruction and training in searching techniques, citation management, EBM, and mobile apps. Emily is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, is one of the co-directors of the IM Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum, and is the Critical Literature Appraisal Course Coordinator for Psychiatry. She serves on the Innovation and Development Sub-Committee at USUHS, and several DEI committees at the hospital. She has a special interest in empathy and medical humanism, and helps co-direct the library's medical humanism book club. 

Background and Education

Prior to joining WRNMMC in 2018, Emily worked as a medical librarian at Boston Children's Hospital.

She has a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS), Specialization in Health Resources & Services, from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, and an A.B. English, minors in Political Science & Creative Writing, from Duke University, Durham, NC. 

She is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), a peer-reviewed, accomplishment/portfolio-based certification and career development program for health information professionals. She has additional certification in Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)

She has completed additional training focused on Evidence-Based Medicine and Systematic Reviews with the following courses:

  • Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians (2020). New York Medical College.
  • Medical Fundamentals for Medical Librarians (2019). Children's Mercy Hospital. 
  • Evidence Based Practice and the Medical Librarian (2018). UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians (2017). University of Colorado Health Sciences Library
  • Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians (2016). University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library.
How I can help

Please feel free to contact me with your clinical questions or patient care topics, questions about evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal, or if you need assistance conducting a literature search. I can help conduct literature searches across different databases and different disciplines, and help you easily manage your references for projects.

I provide training for literature searching, database use, management citation, mobile apps, and other library topics in both individual and group settings. During the pandemic I'm happy to meet in a variety of formats - phone, video call, or via email. During normal times, we can meet at the library or I can come to you.  I look forward to working with you!

Awards, Posters, Presentations, & Publications
  • Civilian Achievement Award, received January 2021. 
  • ACE (A Culture of Excellence) Award, received 17 December, 2019 
  • Curating the Evidence: Medical Librarians Collaborate with Physicians to Create a Clinical Decision Support System, Whelan J, Osterbur D, Mita C, Cellini J, Bain P, Muir M, Schon E, LaBrie J; MLA Annual Conference, Atlanta GA, May 2018
  • Finding a Foothold for Hospital Librarians in Big Data. Schon E. 2017 Oct 19. NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. The Mareport Quarterly Newsletter.
  • Nurturing A Successful Award-Winning Clinical Librarian Program. Shohfi E, Mason-Coles M. MLA 2020 Annual Conference. May 2020, Portland, "Vision: The Future in Focus." Poster Postponed due to Pandemic.
  • Zebra questions and rabbit holes: Strategies, tools, and best practices for point-of-care searching and evidence appraisal. McCall R, Wright S, Cantrell S, Aaronson E, Shields T, Shohfi E, Laera E, Stein H, Justice E, Liang L, Spencer A, Lyon J. MLA 2020 Annual Conference. May 2020, Portland, "Vision: The Future in Focus." Poster Postponed due to Pandemic.
  • Clinical Librarian Use Trends in an Internal Medicine Program. Shohfi E, Fabyan K.  2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, February 2020, San Diego, "Meaning in Medicine: Compassion and Connection"
  • Right Information at the Right Time for the Right Learner: Knowledge Management Challenges and Solutions in a Military Psychiatry Residency Program. Nguyen T, Shohfi E. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. April 2020, Philadelphia, "Advancing Quality: Challenges and Opportunities." Conference Canceled. 
  • Pivoting Clinical Librarian Integration in the Wake of The Pandemic. Shohfi E, Mason-Coles M. MLA 2021 Annual Conference. May 24-27, 2021, Virtual poster presentation. 
  • Keeping Pace with COVID-19 - Federal Library LibGuides During the Pandemic. Clarke S, Han S, Shohfi E. MLA 2021 Annual Conference. May 24-27, 2021, Virtual poster presentation.
  • Bunin J, Shohfi E, Meyer H, Ely EW, Varpio L. The burden they bear: A scoping review of physician empathy in the intensive care unit. J Crit Care. 2021 May 29;65:156-163. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2021.05.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34157584.
  • Bunin JL, Shohfi E, Meyer H, Varpio L, "Response to: Interpersonal mentalizing processes of intensivists: some additional suggestions on empathy and theory of mind,” Journal of Critical Care, Jul 2021.

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