PGY-1 Residents

Nicholas PuglieseNicholas Pugliese

Email: Nicholas.Pugliese@hhchealth.org

School of Pharmacy: University of Connecticut

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Professional Interests: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Academia/Teaching and Precepting

Post PGY1 Plans: PGY2 in Cardiology, Critical Care, or Emergency Medicine

What attracted you to Hartford Hospital?
I am originally from central MA, so being nearby was really important to me. I explored opportunities around home and Boston, but after I completed the longitudinal APPE experience at Hartford Hospital I noticed a strong culture of learning and improving that made a residency here very appealing to me. The preceptors seemed to genuinely care about my improvement as a student, and taught me along the way, while still providing independent learning opportunities and ample research projects. Hartford Hospital having 5 ICUs, a large (and busy) Emergency Department, and being a Level 1 Trauma Center with a lot of research taking place was also very attractive to me. I knew all of these opportunities would facilitate my growth and development as a clinical pharmacist and prepare me for wherever I am afterward.

What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy golfing, sailing, weightlifting, and playing/watching soccer.

What do you love most about Connecticut?
I enjoy being close to home and within a decent driving distance of Cape Cod, which is my favorite place to relax. I also love the pizza in New Haven, it really is some of the best in the Northeast.

Alexander ArauAlexander Arau

Email: Alexander.Arau@hhchealth.org

Hometown: York, ME

School of Pharmacy: MCPHS University – Worcester

Professional Interests: Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Precepting, Academia

Post PGY1 Plans: PGY2 in Cardiology, Critical Care, or Emergency Medicine

What attracted you to Harford Hospital?
During my APPE rotations I developed strong interests in cardiology, critical care, and emergency medicine. Having had a very positive experience previously at a large academic medical center, I knew that I wanted to complete a PGY1 residency in a similar setting where I would have diverse clinical experiences to best develop myself as a new practitioner. In searching for programs which offer the experiences I was searching for, I had strong initial interest in the numerous opportunities and academic-style learning afforded by Hartford Hospital. After my excellent experience meeting the exemplary preceptors and residency director of the program I was very excited to complete my PGY1 residency at Hartford Hospital.

What do you do in your free time?
In the warmer months of the year, I enjoy exploring new trails around Massachusetts on my mountain bike. In the winter I enjoy taking weekend trips around New England with my fiancé to Nordic ski and try farm fresh milk from local dairy farms.

What do you love most about Connecticut?
Although I had not spent much time in Connecticut prior to starting my residency, the state reminds me of Maine where I grew up. As a lover of outdoors, I appreciate the changing seasons, extensive nature, and year-round outdoor activities within Connecticut and the surrounding New England states.

Hillary StampsHillary Stamps

Email: Hillary.Stamps@hhchealth.org

Hometown: North Kingstown, RI

School of Pharmacy: Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP)

Professional Interests: Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry, Oncology, Critical Care

Post PGY1 Plans: I plan to either pursue PGY-2 training in Infectious Diseases or obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist at an academic medical center.

What attracted you to Hartford Hospital?
Hartford Hospital encompasses all of the qualities that I searched for in a PGY1 residency including serving as a level 1 trauma center, offering a unique variety of acute care experiences, and providing robust teaching experiences. Additionally, the camaraderie I witnessed amongst the pharmacy department demonstrated a supportive environment for professional development. Most notably, it was evident that all preceptors and staff value the experience of a residency, and are willing to cater the experience to match each resident’s ultimate goals.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to explore new areas, spend time with friends and family, work on home improvement projects, work out, and play guitar.

What do you like most about Connecticut?
That I am able to be relatively close to my family back in Rhode Island, but I also have new places to explore! The location is also ideal for weekend trips to cities like NYC or Boston as well as both the mountains and the beach. There’s really something for everyone here!

Doug BuckheitDoug Buckheit

Email: Douglas.Buckheit@hhchealth.org

Hometown: Milford, CT

School of Pharmacy Attended: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

Professional Interests: Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine

Post PGY1 Plans: I am planning on pursuing a PGY-2 residency in either Infectious Diseases or Internal Medicine.

What attracted you to Hartford Hospital?
As a P4 student, I wanted a residency at a large academic institution that would challenge me in a wide variety of specialties while maintaining a supportive culture and learning environment. Hartford Hospital met all of these criteria, among others.

What you like to do in your free time?
Most of my free time is spent hiking, running, or mountain biking. I also enjoy trying out all the restaurants and breweries we have in CT.

What do you like most about Connecticut?
Connecticut has easy access to cities and rural areas without having to drive more than an hour. Hartford and the surrounding areas have plenty of restaurants, breweries, and other nightlife. Or, you can find plenty of outdoor activities less than an hour away. As if that’s not enough, Hartford is only about 2 hours from New York and 2 hours from Boston, and it’s easy to take a weekend trip up to Vermont or New Hampshire when you need to disconnect!

Mike GnoinskiMike Gnoinski

Email: Michael.Gnoinski@hhchealth.org

Hometown: New Britain, CT

School of Pharmacy Attended: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

Professional Interests: Emergency medicine, Infectious Diseases, Toxicology, Oncology

Post PGY1 Plans: I plan to either complete a PGY-2 in one of my interest areas or to find a clinical pharmacist position.

What attracted you to Harford Hospital?
Hartford Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma center and a large academic medical center, which provides an opportunity for an even greater learning experience as a resident. I was attracted to the valuable rotation experiences offered where I can engage in patient care with the interdisciplinary team and a diverse patient population.

What you like do in your free time?
Travel, hike, ski, fly-fish, workout, grill food, go to breweries.

What do you like most about Connecticut?
Connecticut has the perfect fusion of urban and rural.