Professional Guidance Committee

POMA Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians

The POMA Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians enables residents from across the state to interact with POMA’s physician members and serve as representatives of their programs and institutions to POMA. The PGYP serves as a safe environment where residents can bring forward their colleagues concerns, questions and issues. They also receive information about issues impacting physicians at all levels – most especially our interns and residents. The PGYP also participates in interactive leadership activities, communications, team building and problem solving exercises.

The Mental Health Task Force addressing mental health issues and tasked with creating programs to help young physicians cope with the stress and fatigue of residency was borne out of PGYP activities. Other advances include education on the transition from training to attending status; and discuss concerns about the single accreditation system to the POMA Board of Trustees. It is because of a recommendation of intern and resident members of this committee, that our physicians in training now have a voting representative present at every POMA Board of Trustees Meeting and at the annual POMA House of Delegates Meeting. Many past members of this committee have become leaders of POMA.

Regional committee meetings are held on weekday evenings in September, December and March.  Representatives attending the meetings will be reimbursed transportation (mileage) expenses.

If you are interested in representing your residency program on POMA's PGYP committee, please contact Tammy L. Keller, POMA administration, [email protected] or call 717-939-9318 ext. 130.

We look forward to meeting our future leaders this year!

Upcoming Meetings

PG/YP East - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Bonefish Grill

PG/YP Central - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - VIRTUAL MEETING

PG/YP West - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - TimberCreek Tap & Table

Professional Guidance Recaps

Find out what happened at the lastest regional meetings.

PGYP West Region March 2020

The POMA Professional Guidance – West Region met for an evening of discussion and dinner 3/4/20. After some time of socializing, the group explored their inner-super hero persona with an ice-breaking activity.

Dr. Battistella informed the group of the activities from the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, including the active and thoughtful participation of resident representative Chris Trumbetta, D.O. in the contracting with a new lobbying partner for POMA. The key issues being addressed in Harrisburg were discussed.

Opportunities for scholarly activity were discussed, including poster presentations, grant availability from the POMA foundation, lecturing opportunities at the district and state levels. It was noted that PGY1 resident Grant Schirmer, D.O. will be lecturing on Friday afternoon at this year’s Clinical Assembly in King of Prussia.


Residents attending gave updates on their program’s wellness activities funded by grants from the POMAF. All were encouraged to continue to apply for those funds and provide POMA with an update on the status of the projects. Attendees were encouraged to write about their experiences for upcoming issues of the POMA newsletter, including “How Are You DOing?” and “DOs DOing More”.

Residents are encouraged to download the POMA APP (if not already done) and use that for quick access to pertinent information, including upcoming events and opportunities. (One resident uploaded the app while at the meeting!)

The 2020 POMA Young Physician Leadership program was discussed with flyers being given to each attendee to share with their programs.

The remainder of the evening was spent networking, discussing career plans, exploring options for outside elective experiences (particularly in aesthetics), discussing local fellowship opportunities, osteopathic recognition of programs, contracting and “signing on” with healthcare systems during residency, state licensure and verification of training from the AOA for unrestricted licenses, upcoming buprenorphine waiver training course (Clarion, May 9).

All were encouraged to continue participation in POMA events on a district and state level and anticipate the next Professional Guidance meeting in September 2020. It was agreed that this location was an outstanding venue for the meeting.


PGYP Central Region December 2019

The Central Region of the Professional Guidance committee held its winter meeting of the year on December 17, 2019 at the POMA Central Office in Harrisburg.  Seven residents/interns, four attendings, and two POMA staff were in attendance.

After a round of introductions, the attendees were encouraged to apply for the POMA Foundation’s scholarships and were informed about POMA’s scholarly activity opportunities available for residents/interns.  The scientific poster day, clinical writing contest, and presentations at local district meetings were all met with enthusiasm.  In addition, a few of the residency programs who were awarded grant money from the Physician Wellness Committee provided overviews of their upcoming projects.


PGYP West Region December 2019

An enthusiastic group of residents and attendings/POMA leaders came together at Cadillac Ranch in Pittsburgh on December 4 for the winter meeting of the Professional Guidance Committee – West Region. An icebreaker activity started the meeting with the group describing the profession they would have if not an osteopathic physician and then describing their dream job.  They found many similarities throughout the group in healthcare professions and education for their alternative profession, and dream jobs that included food and travel.


PGYP East Region September 2019

Professional Guidance East Region September 2019 meeting

The Professional Guidance/Young Physician – East Region held its first meeting of the year on September 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s in King of Prussia. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout – we had 20 residents/interns, 5 committee physicians and 1 POMA staff member in attendance.

Elections were held during the meeting to represent residents in the East Region at the POMA Board of Trustees and POMA House of Delegates. Andrea DeSimone, DO from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the Board Representative and Amanda Piraino, DO from Bryn Mawr Hospital is the Alternate Representative. The Representative and Alternate to the POMA House of Delegates in April will be discussed at the December meeting.


PGYP West Region September 2019

Professional Guidance West Region September meeting

This year’s first PGYP-West Region Meeting was held on September 25, 2019 at the North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock, PA. The evening was kicked off with an ice breaker activity that asked participants to write down their answers to the following questions:

  1. What was (is) the most recent non-medical book you have read/are reading?
  2. What is your “specialty dish” – the one no one can make as good as you?
  3. Is your bed made?

The participants then folded their cards and they were redistributed. Each card was read and the group tried to determine whose answers were on the card. Following re-assigning the answers to their respective owners, a discussion regarding reading fiction and non-fiction and empathy, cooking as innovation, and successful habits including making one’s bed with references to these practices.

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