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Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond

UK First Responder Inspired by Bergen County Initiative

Media Invited To Attend 

A two part program designed to share best practices while providing tips on building resiliency and a culture of mental health for first responders.

Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00 a.m. • First Responder Breakfast
11:00 a.m. • Stigma-Free Roundtable & Luncheon

NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

To RSVP
Donnalee Corrieri at DCorrieri@NewBridgeHealth.org

(PARAMUS, NJ – July 19, 2018) – First responders and stigma-free members are invited to attend “Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond”, a two part program is being at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus on Friday, August 31. In an effort to officially bring the Stigma-Free initiative to the United Kingdom, the day’s events will start with a First Responder Breakfast from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., and conclude with a Stigma-Free Roundtable and Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event was inspired by international visitor, Dan Farnworth. Farnworth is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship Winner, a member of England’s Emergency Medical Service and a leader in “Our Blue Light”,a charity organization in England and Wales that aims to improve the mental health, well-being and working life of Emergency & Essential Services including: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue, Prison Service and the National Health Services. After discovering the abundance of resources available through the Stigma-Free Initiative–he decided to take action to strengthen the fight against stigma across the pond by studying the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone as a “best practice” in mental health.

“The theme of the day is ‘Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond,” explained Cynthia Chazen, Mental Health Editor and producer ofthe NJ Stigma-Free Newsletter. “It speaks to this amazing international opportunity, but also what we are doing in our communities – creating bridges that help to connect individuals to support that they need.”

In addition to exploring the UK advocacy efforts of “Our Blue Light” with Farnworth, the First Responder Breakfast will include remarks from James J. Tedesco III, County Executive of Bergen, and leader in the Stigma-Free Initiative.

The County Executive was not only integral in bringing this initiative to Paramus five years ago,” commented Mary Ann Uzzi, Paramus Stigma-Free founder and community mental health advocate. “He also committed to making all of Bergen County a stigma-free zone, and we have seen the effect of that promise. Without his support and passionate advocacy, the ripples of our efforts never would have made it across the pond!”  

The morning will also feature an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, offered by Dr. Maria G Masciandaro, PsyD. Maria is a psychologist who specializes in the effects of trauma, and works with the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Association Program to train therapists who help first responders across the country. EMDR utilizes protocols geared for individuals or groups these specialized clinicians help to build resilience and foster post traumatic growth.

The second part of the day features a luncheon with roundtable discussions, meant for stigma-free leaders to come together to share their ideas, successes and challenges that they have faced in bringing the Stigma-Free Initiative to fruition. The purpose of this portion of the day is to brainstorm and provide insight on the best way to implement the initiative in the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to have Dan travel from the UK to share best practices,” said Uzzi. “We thank Care Plus NJ, Inc., and New Bridge Medical Center, both resources have been instrumental in the Stigma-Free Initiate since inception and continue to support us through events like this and so much more.”

This forum is sponsored by the Paramus Stigma-Free Task Force, in collaboration with New Bridge Medical Center and Care Plus NJ, Inc., also in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone.

Organizations and individuals who are interested attending the event can contact Donnalee Corrieri at DCorrieri@NewBridgeHealth.org for more information and to register.

For press information contact:

Donnalee Corrieri
201.225.7141
dcorrieri@newbridgehealth.org

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Co-Occuring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

FREE Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register for the Free Seminar

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2 CEU Credit Hours

This seminar will present an overview on various emotional and personality disorders. The speaker will focus on specific symptoms, etiology, gender differences, culture, and treatment choices. Topics will include depression, anxiety, and nine personality disorders. Treatment and interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, schema-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy will be presented.

Objectives:

  • Recognize five symptoms of depression.
  • Recall five symptoms of anxiety. 
  • Name three cognitive patterns present in the anxious and depressed client. 
  • Identify nine distinct personality disorders and treatment choices.

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m. Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Journey to Wellness substance abuse program and teaches at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for more than 28 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics including personality disorders, emotional disorders and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr. Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual”, “Co-Occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect — Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment”.

This course, Co-Occuring Disorders, provided by Advanced Clinical Seminars, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative. Approval period: Sept 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2020. 



This seminar is for 2 clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information: https://www.naswnj.org/page/214?. Please contact pbf6@hotmail.com for information about continuing education credits for social workers. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, contact RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.


Sponsored by The Foundation at Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

Plant sprouting in pavement

Resiliency — Overcoming Adversity

FREE Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register for the Free Seminar

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2 CEU Credit Hours

This seminar will present an overview on various emotional and personality disorders. The speaker will focus on specific symptoms, etiology, gender differences, culture, and treatment choices. Topics will include depression, anxiety, and nine personality disorders. Treatment and interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, schema-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy will be presented.

Objectives:

  • Name five protective factors that help children develop resiliency. 
  • Recall four risk factors that can lead to poor outcome for children. 
  • Identify two reasons why gender plays an important role in resiliency.
  • Describe three implications for practice based on research findings on resiliency. 

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m. Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Journey to Wellness substance abuse program and teaches at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for more than 28 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics including personality disorders, emotional disorders and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr. Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual”, “Co-Occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect — Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment”.

This course, Resiliency — Overcoming Adversity, provided by Advanced Clinical Seminars, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative. Approval period: Sept 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2020. 



This seminar is for 2 clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information: https://www.naswnj.org/page/214?. Please contact pbf6@hotmail.com for information about continuing education credits for social workers. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, contact RoseMary Klie at rklie@newbridgehealth.org.


Sponsored by The Foundation at Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

Joseph Siragusa, MD, PGY4, Chief Psychiatry Resident IV

Joseph Siragusa, MD, PGY4, Chief Psychiatry Resident IV

I have been the executive chief resident at New Bridge Medical Center (NBMC) for the 2017-2018 academic year. I completed my undergraduate degree at NYU where I created my own area of study – Philosophy of Science and Medicine – and subsequently completed my medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. Since I started in 2014, I have seen the NBMC residency program go through tremendous growth and improvement. The atmosphere is one of collegiality, collaboration, and learning. The residents play such an integral role in patient care and the program strikes such a delicate balance between enabling autonomy and offering support clinically, educationally, and personally. The variety in patient exposure is truly diverse, as is the presence of all psychiatry’s subspecialties. As the executive chief resident, I have had the opportunity to serve on multiple hospital committees and participate in resident recruitment, development, and selection. 

After graduation, I will be joining the medical staff at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (a St. Barnabas facility) as well as developing a private practice in Bergen County. I feel my training at NBMC has afforded me the experience and confidence to function well as an attending psychiatrist.       

Tarek Aly, MD, NBMC Psychiatry Chief Resident III

Tarek Aly, MD, PGY3, Psychiatry Chief Resident III

I was fortunate enough to be accepted into and made the most of this program, which gives a resident a professional “blank canvas” to paint the type of psychiatrist he or she aspires to be. I chose to be deeply involved with the student education (later being fortunate enough to be made an associate chief for the role), seriously involved in the research opportunities (submitting thirteen posters to the APA), and getting involved in outreach programs to help combat the opioid epidemic in adolescence.

I was able to finish a Master’s in Public Health in my second year while also becoming a proud parent to a beautiful little girl — who is the breath in my lungs. I was fortunate enough also to match into Boston Children’s Hospital for a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship through Harvard. 

The Cameos, New Jersey's Favorite Oldies Group

Concert in the Park at the NBMC Gazebo

The Cameos

NEW DATE! Thursday, August 16, 2018
Sponsored by New Bridge Medical Center Foundation

Postponed from August 2 due to inclement weather. Date subject to change.

A Free Community Concert 7 p.m. • New Bridge Medical Center Gazebo
Free Refreshments! Bring Your Own Chairs and Blankets
Please remember alcoholic beverages, glass containers, and smoking are not permitted on the grounds of New Bridge Medical Center.

In case of inclement weather, call 201.225.7674 to see if the concert has been rescheduled.

Naeema Hassan, MD, NBMC PGY3

Naeema Hassan, MD, PGY3

After relocating to the United States, where I raised my beautiful children, I started working as a research assistant at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. I found myself increasingly drawn to topics on mental illness. I realized, in addition to having an exceptional arsenal of training and skills, a psychiatrist must exhibit kindness, compassion, understanding, and patience. As I thought more and more about sickness and death, it became clear the art of medicine is not complete without empathy. I frequently recalled of the aphorism, “To cure sometime, to relieve often, and to comfort always.”

As a resident physician at New Bridge Medical Center, I have had the opportunity to work with patients of different races, religions, and age groups. My experience at New Bridge Medical Center was challenging, enriching, rewarding, and educational, with abundant opportunities for research, teaching, and learning. I could not be happier with my choice to train at New Bridge Medical Center. The faculty here is so incredibly supportive and the training is exceptional. My colleagues are some of the kindest, most caring and passionate individuals I have ever met, and I am very fortunate to be able to call the program my home. My experiences at New Bridge allowed me to achieve my professional goal of obtaining a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Virginia

Sheema Imran, MD, NBMC PGY4

Sheema Imran, MD, PGY4

I graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. I moved to the United States after getting married. While raising my children, I took USMLE exams and gained clinical experience in psychiatry from NYU Consultation-Liaison (CL) rotations and inpatient psychiatric observership at NYU. I also gained research experience at NYU with Dr. Barry Reisberg in the Dementia Center and had the honor of being a co-author on one of his papers titled, “The BEHAVE-AD Assessment System: A Perspective, A Commentary on New Findings, and a Historical Review” published in the Journal of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders in 2014.

I then started my residency at NBMC in 2014. I won the 2015 New Jersey Psychiatric Association Best Paper Award Competition for my paper titled, “The Role of Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry.”  In the 2016 APA Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to be a speaker and present a case report titled, “The Role of Clozapine in Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia in the Adolescent Population.”  During my third year of residency, I carried a large and diverse patient caseload. I also participated as a member of the NJPA Education Council where I was actively involved in arranging their meetings. In my last year of residency, I became the Chief Resident for Research.  As part of my duties, I assisted junior colleagues in their research endeavors. Due to our joint efforts, we were able to submit more than sixty posters for the 2018 APA Annual Conference.  I currently run the morning report as a senior resident. Teaching my junior colleagues is a rewarding experience providing me with an opportunity to learn as well. I again won the NJPA 2018 Best Paper Award in the Combined Author Category for our paper, “The Role of Antioxidants in Schizophrenia with Rhabdomyolysis”.

Throughout my four years at NBMC, I have been presented with many learning opportunities and new experiences that collectively shaped me into the doctor I am today. While I struggled with my two-hour morning commute, I feel what I have learned in the NBMC residency program was worth it. After finishing my residency, I will begin my Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. My goal is to become a geriatric psychiatrist in an academic setting where I will be teaching medical students and residents and will be involved in research related to dementia.

Muhammad Navaid Iqbal, MD, NBMC PGY4

Muhammad Navaid Iqbal, MD, PGY4

I am a PGY- 4 Resident and one of the Chief Residents for the academic year 2017-2018. I graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. After coming to United States, I served as a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry & Cardiology at the University of California, San Diego, where I worked on studying the neuro-immune characteristics and cardiac biomarkers in patients with depression and heart disease. I have authored/co-authored numerous research articles, manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters pertaining to psychiatry and other fields of medicine.

I am fortunate to be a part of the New Bridge Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program, which is the largest psychiatric facility in the state of New Jersey catering to the needs of thousands of patients suffering from various mental illnesses and addiction problems. This Residency Program offers an unparalleled breadth of diverse clinical experience, with the opportunity to treat patients belonging to diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. During my residency training, I have gained valuable clinical and research experiences that have honed my skills as a psychiatrist and have allowed me to develop empathy and compassion for my patients.

After graduating, I will be starting my fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. I have had a greatly rewarding experience in my training at New Bridge Medical Center, in addition to forming relationships with wonderful friends and colleagues. I hope you will consider choosing this program for your psychiatry residency.

Muhammad Waseem Khan, MD, NBMC PGY4 

Muhammad Waseem Khan, MD, PGY4   

To say I am forever grateful to the staff and faculty at New Bridge Medical Center is an understatement. During these four years of training at NBMC, I met numerous role models I strive to emulate to this day. 

The excellent support from the Program Director and faculty challenged us to work diligently and I am thankful to them for converting our mistakes into lessons, pressure into productivity, and skills into strengths. They really knew how to bring out the best in us to provide compassionate care to all our patients and become well-rounded psychiatrists.

At NBMC, we rotated through multiple disciplines such as child, geriatric, addiction, consultation-liaison, ER, and outpatient; these were all on one campus, making it easy to make the best use of time. Each rotation provided opportunities to learn, excel, and get involved in research.  I am confident and feel more than prepared for the demands of my fellowship training in Psychosomatics at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital.

NBMC was a perfect fit for me and some of the highlights were:

Working with fun, yet dedicated, excellent co-residents; the approachable and supportive program director; the experienced and motivated-to-teach attendings; the internationally renowned visiting faculty.

Other highlights were the exposure to a diverse patient population with routine, as well as very rare pathology; working independently as a junior attending on electives in my senior year; the extensive teaching in the daily morning reports; the educational conferences, and grand rounds. The hospital campus is also a clean and pleasant environment in which to practice and learn.