Menorah Medical Center pharmacy department
The Pharmacy Department at Menorah Medical Center is excited to offer a comprehensive residency program to help develop future pharmacists. We are Mission driven and focused on providing the best in care and quality to our patients. We welcome you to learn more about our hospital and program and look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with those who are selected to join our team.
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of advanced clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
This Pharmacy Residency Program is a comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care. After an initial orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of concentrated and longitudinal learning activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the Menorah Medical Center residency program. The program aims to develop the resident into a competent and confident practitioner in:
- Comprehensive patient care
- Advancing practice and improving patient care
- Leadership and management
- Teaching, education, and the dissemination of knowledge
Required core rotations
- Department Orientation
- Internal Medicine
- Critical Care
- Infectious Disease
- Administration and Practice Management
- Emergency Medicine
- Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Abdominal Surgery (Colorectal Robotics and Bariatric)
- Oncology (outpatient clinic)
- Repeat Core Rotation
Longitudinal learning experiences
- Research Project
- Nutrition Support
- Medication Safety
- Code Blue Response
Additional learning experiences
- Teaching and Learning Certificate in conjunction with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of pharmacy (required)
- Precepting pharmacy students (affiliations with the University of Missouri – Kansas City, University of Kansas, and Creighton University)
- Completion of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and certification
Pharmacy program information
Length of program
Number of PGY1 positions
Accreditation Status: Candidate (Residents graduating from programs in candidate status will receive a certificate of completion indicating the resident is a graduate of a candidate program. Upon successful accreditation, the resident will be re-issued a certificate retroactive to the date of application for accreditation indicating completion of an accredited residency. Graduates of a candidate program are eligible to pursue PGY2 residency training.)
- Estimated stipend: $55,000
- Paid time off (including holidays)
- Health, dental, and vision benefits
- Professional leave and travel allowance to ASHP Midyear Meeting and the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (MPRC)
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
- Hold a degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited school of pharmacy
- Achieve Kansas pharmacist license within 90 days of beginning of residency year
Menorah Medical Center will manage the application process for its pharmacy residency programs through ASHP’s PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) process. Candidates must submit the following materials through PhORCAS by DECEMBER 31ST:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of Intent
- Three completed reference forms
- College transcripts
- Ability to participate in an on-site interview in January or February
Residency program preceptors
Sara Parsons, Pharm.D., BCPS
Sara Parsons is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Pharmacy Residency Program Director. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN and joined HCA after residency.
Dr. Parson’s focus areas include antimicrobial stewardship, optimizing surgical outcomes through safe and effective medication management, and medication safety. She is the Pharmacy Chair of both Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Antimicrobial Management Program. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has completed the SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate. She serves as the primary preceptor for the infectious disease rotation.
Bob Elsbernd, RPh, MBA-HA
Bob Elsbernd is the Director of Pharmacy for Menorah Medical Center. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy. He earned his Masters of Business Administration degree with an area of concentration in Healthcare Administration from Baker University where he now teaches Healthcare Administration courses as an adjunct instructor. Mr. Elsbernd plays a leadership role within the hospital and division in a broad range of operational and fiscal areas. He received the Supply Chain Outstanding Leadership Award at the 2019 Healthtrust University Conference. He serves as the pharmacy chair for the facility controlled substance multi-disciplinary team and is the facility Co-Ethics and Compliance officer. He serves as the primary preceptor for the Administration and Practice Management rotation.
Jodie Gravino, RPh
Jodie Gravino is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Oncology for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She manages oncology medications for the 22 chair infusion clinic and any inpatients that receive chemotherapy. She is a part of the Clinical Research Team and assists in the review of care plans for Menorah Medical Center study patients. Jodie continuously collaborates with the medical and nursing staff to maximize the benefits of drug therapy while trying to minimize toxicities. Jodie serves as the primary preceptor for the oncology rotation.
Stephanie Hipp, Pharm.D., BCPS
Stephanie Hipp is a Clinical Pharmacist who serves as the primary preceptor for the critical care rotation. She is a co-preceptor for the emergency medicine and abdominal surgery rotations. Dr. Hipp received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Missouri Health Care and is board certified in pharmacotherapy. Dr. Hipp has active membership in ASHP and ACCP. Dr. Hipp’s professional interests include critical care, nutrition support, and infectious disease. At Menorah Medical Center she attends the Critical Care, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Department Meetings, and the Colorectal and Robotics Center of Excellence Department Meetings.
Adam Ross, Pharm.D.
Adam Ross is a Clinical Pharmacist. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut and joined HCA after residency.
Dr. Ross practices as a clinical pharmacist providing coverage to the entire surgical department at Menorah Medical Center. His interests include antimicrobial stewardship and critical care. Dr. Ross serves as the residency preceptor for the surgery rotation. Dr. Ross received an Award for Excellence in recognition of exceptional clinical research from the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2015 and subsequently had his research published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine in 2016.
Kenneth Taylor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Kenneth Taylor is a Clinical Pharmacist. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. He went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Kansas Hospital. He joined Menorah Medical Center after 11 years of practice in California. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy. Dr. Taylor’s focus areas include critical care, neurology and stroke management, internal medicine, and pharmacy operations. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Stroke Committee at Menorah Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Taylor oversees the non-hazardous and hazardous sterile compounding for the facility.
Nolan Whipple, Pharm.D.
Nolan Whipple is a Clinical Pharmacist at Menorah Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, KS and completed the resident teaching program at University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Dr. Whipple maintains BLS and ACLS certifications. His areas of interest include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and improving patient safety through informatics. He oversees advanced technology implementation within the pharmacy department and maintains the Pyxis ES and DoseEdge database systems at Menorah Medical Center.