Wellness Grants


POMA is committed to creating and providing opportunities for open dialogue around health and personal well-being across the osteopathic profession. Specifically for residents, we promote well-being through focused activities sponsored by POMA and financially supported by the POMA Foundation.

Over the last five years, $32,500 has been awarded to 66 residency programs in Pennsylvania. Residents have planned paint nights, escape rooms, garden projects, obstacle courses, cultural celebrations and arcade fun. Project summaries are provided below.  

Resident Wellness Grant Applications are being accepted until October 1, 2022!  Apply by clicking here or submit a paper application.

Timeline Activities:
Grant Proposal Due - October 1, 2022
Grant Notification - November, 15, 2022
Program/Project Time Frame - January 1, 2023 through May 31, 2023
Results/Outcome Report and Survey Responses - Not less than two (2) weeks following program completion.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • POMA Membership Requirement: Programs require at least 25% osteopathic residents and at least 1 POMA Resident Member to apply for grants.
  • No alcohol-related activities or high-risk activities will be approved. Examples of high-risk programs include but are not limited to Axe Throwing, Shooting Ranges, Whitewater Rafting, etc. We encourage you to inquire if you have questions.
  • Support of the program director and facility for ongoing conversation following the completion of the granted project or program. 
  • •The grant does not allow for overhead / F&A Costs, nor should the funds be used for overhead/  F&A costs. 
  • Completion of Result Survey on time. Failure to complete Result Survey will prohibit eligibility for following year.
  • Grant approval is based on the activity submitted. Any modifications to the activity after approval will need to be reviewed and approved prior to the event being held.
  • To encourage collegiality with POMA and the POMA Foundation, a POMA representative may attend your activity to demonstrate support for your program.
  • POMA is not liable for any loss or risk associated with the activity.
  • The Grants are $500

Recaps of the Resident Wellness Events completed in the 2018 - 2022 academic year are showcased below.

Academic Year 2021-2022 Wellness Event Summaries

UPMC Harrisburg Family Medicine - Dinner and Movie 9.30.22

UPMC Harrisburg Family Medicine used their grant to for dinner and movie on Friday, September 30.  Everyone had a wonderful time and ... 



UPMC Williamsport - Gym Equipment

UPMC Williamsport used their grant build an exercise area at their facility.  The grant money purchased....



UPMC Litiz Family Medicine - Laser Dome 09.08.22

UPMC Litiz Family Medicine used their grant to play laser tag and ice cream outside of Mannheim, PA on September 9, 2022...



Lehigh Valley Health Network Cardiology Fellowship  - Escape Room and Thai Dinner 6.15.22

Our LVHN Cardiology Fellowship had our POMA Physician Wellness Event yesterday: Wednesday 06/15/22.
We had an amazing time and lot of fun at the Captured LV Escape Room and Thai Origin dinner...



Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency - CSA Program

Our residents had a great time at our CSA kick off workshop complete with cooking contest and potting party. Everyone also appreciated meeting and speaking with Dr. Witherite-Rieg. I have attached the Post Project Summary that relates to the workshop itself.... 


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