Clinical Engagement Team Lead and School of Medicine Librarian, Health Sciences Library
As the Clinical Engagement Team Lead and School of Medicine Librarian, Sarah Wright, MLS, leads a team of clinical librarians who collaborate with faculty, staff and residents at the UNC Medical Center on patient care, research and education. She provides curriculum support for medical students at the School of Medicine and supports SOM faculty with research and curricular implementation. Also, Ms. Wright implements training for UNC Hospitals’ residents; handles patient-related information retrieval and the critical appraisal of evidence; provides expert-mediated searching and synthesized answers in response to advanced requests; provides clinical information and evidence-based practice for bedside clinical rounds; offers effective and innovative client-centered education services; and conducts individual and group consultations on information discovery, retrieval, and management.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wright was a Clinical Librarian and Graduate Medical Education Specialist with the Health Sciences Library at UNC. She was previously the Director of Information Management and Clinical Pediatrics Librarian for the UNC Department of Pediatrics, as well as the Manager of the Medical Library at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia; the Hospital Liaison/Medical Reference Librarian at the Himmelfarb Library at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Health Information Specialist at the Rural Information Center Health Service (RICHS) at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.
MLS, University of Pittsburgh
BA, French Education and Violin Performance, University of Richmond
2e Degree, Université de Strasbourg, France
Research and Publications
Research Interests: Systematic review searching, evidence-based practice, clinical and academic research, residency milestones, pediatrics, medical school education
Sheffield RC, Crawford P, Wright ST, King VJ. Clinical inquiries. What's the best treatment for cradle cap? The Journal of family practice. 2007; 56(3):232-3.
Crotteau CA, Wright ST, Eglash A. Clinical inquiries. What is the best treatment for infants with colic? The Journal of family practice. 2006; 55(7):634-6.
McPherson V, Wright ST, Bell AD. Clinical inquiries. What is the best treatment for gastroesophageal reflux and vomiting in infants? The Journal of family practice. 2005; 54(4):372-5.
Zafar AB, Butler RC, Wright ST, Draghi E. Primary bacteremia and needleless safety devices. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 1999; 20(1):15.
Zafar AB, Wright S. In-house versus contract management of environmental services: a matter of cost and quality. American journal of infection control. 1998; 26(5):539-40.
Rural Health Services Funding: A Resource Guide. Towner SR. Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library; 1995. 62p.
"The Impact of Covidence on Systematic Review Projects: Enabling Peak Performance for Researchers and Students". Jamie L. Conklin, Sarah Towner Wright, Rebecca C. McCall, AHIP, Nandita S. Mani, Elizabeth Moreton, Jennifer S. Walker, and Mary White. Oral Presentation at the Annual Medical Library Association Meeting, May,2019, Chicago, IL.
"Assessment and Comparison of Online Exam Preparation Resources Available at Academic Health Sciences Libraries". Sarah Towner Wright and Karen Stanley Grigg. Poster presented at the Annual Medical Library Association Meeting, May 2019, Chicago, IL.
"Integrative Group Medical Visits: A Narrative Review," Poster presented at APHA 2019, November 2019, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Isabel J. Roth, DrPH, MS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Arian Thompson-Lastad, PhD, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, A. Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN Memorial Primary Care, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Sarah Wright, MLS, University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC.
"Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cycling and Erectile Dysfunction". Poster presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association, April 2019, Nagoya, Japan.
"An Examination of Eye Tracking Outcomes in Tobacco Control Regulation and Communication: A Systematic Review." Poster presented at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, August 2016.
“A Novel Approach to Pediatric Resident Education is Associated with Higher In-training Exam Scores” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 2007. (Received 3rd place Research Award from the Medical Library Association)
"Developing an Educational and Administrative Web Site for a Pediatrics Department” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2004.
"A New Fish in the Sea: A Clinical Librarian in a Pediatrics Department” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association Meeting, San Diego, California, May 2003.
"MLA Benchmarking Initiative" Poster Session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Roanoke, VA, October 2000.
"A New Approach to Information Literacy Training for Residents” Poster Session presented at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Conference, Kansas City, KS, June 1996.
"At the Crossroads of a Medical Center’s Information Needs” Poster Session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Richmond, VA, October 1996.