Mental Health Task Force Grants

Mental Health Awareness ribbonThe MHTF is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year. Click here to complete the online application - the deadline for submission is October 22, 2018.

POMA’s Mental Health Task Force is committed to encouraging osteopathic family mental health/well-being through focused activities sponsored and supported by POMA and the POMA Foundation. Our goal is to start the conversation and open dialogue regarding personal well-being in all levels of the osteopathic profession from students to attending physicians.

Our first activity is the Mental Health/Wellness Residency Grant Program, which is sponsored by the POMA Foundation. Below are recaps from the 2018 MHTF Grant recipients.

2018 MHTF Grant Program Updates

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education: Lackawanna FM Wellness Day 2018

Wright Center-Shawnee Inn

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education participated in Lackawanna FM Wellness Day 2018 at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA. The purpose of the program was to allow us some time outside of work to de-stress and practice wellness. Since we're always getting on our patients to practice self-care, it seemed like a little bit of "practice what you preach" in giving us dedicated time to do some mental, physical, and social activities and take care of ourselves a little bit.


PCOM Internal Medicine Residents - Bowling Night

On, Thursday, December 14, 2018,The Internal Medicine Residents, together with Faculty and Administrative staff, participated in an evening PCOM Internal Medicine Residentsof fun, food and bowling at Revolutions bowling alley.  The entire group was divided into teams consisting of an Intern, a 2nd and 3rd year resident and a Faculty member who then competed for highest bowling scores.  Winners were awarded “gold” medals and gained bragging rights for the next year.


Meadville Medical Center - Escape Room

On April 4, 2018, the Meadville Medical Center engaged in an escape room experience where we worked together to find the clues to effect our escape from the brig of the Flagship Niagara. We escaped (almost) by employing our sleuthing and teamwork skills and having a fun day together. Throughout the activity we demonstrated teamwork, communication, problem-solving, patience, and mental stimulation.


Penn Highlands Healthcare Family Practice - 54321: Training Our Senses to Calm Our Minds 

Our program, entitled 5-4-3-2-1: Training Our Senses to Calm Our Minds, was a 5-hour event on a Friday afternoon at Quiet Creek Herb Farm and Quiet Creek Herb FarmSchool of Country Living. Quiet Creek is a not-for-profit educational facility dedicated to increasing the public awareness of conservation, ecological thinking and healthful sustainable living, located about 8 miles from the residents' continuity of care clinic ( Working with stewards Clair and Rusty Orner, and Claire's sister, Melora McNutt, a certified yoga instructor, we planned an afternoon of reflection, education and stimulation of the senses allowing residents to experience things they have never encountered before.


Washington Health System Family Practice - Culinary Medicine 

The food we put into our bodies has a huge impact in our overall health. This is why the Washington Health System Family Practice spent an Cooking Classevening learning about culinary medicine and the event was a great success! 

In summary, the evening consisted of a hands-on cooking demo organized by our fantastic chef in the hospital cafeteria that included a salad, vegetarian chili, soup, and dessert, all of which were low in carbohydrates for diabetic patients.  While we enjoyed the food, our wonderful nutritionist provided a discussion on counseling diabetic patients in the clinic during our short office visits. 

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