POMA Committee on Physician Wellness

Mental Health Awareness ribbonPOMA and the Committee on Physician Wellness are committed to creating and providing opportunities for open dialogue regarding personal well-being in all levels of the osteopathic profession. We promote osteopathic mental health and wellbeing through focused activities sponsored/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.

Over the last four years, the Committee has sponsored wellness events for residents across the Commonwealth with funding provided by the POMA Foundation.  Grants for the 2020 -2021 academic year have already been awarded. Please view the project summaries below.  

You may apply for 2021-2022 Grant Funding using the link below.

PDF Application

Timeline Activities:
Submit Grant Proposal Due - October 31, 2021
Expect Grant Notification - December 15, 2021
Program/Project Time Frame - January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022
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 physicians or a minimum of 4 DOs to apply for grants.
  •  No alcohol-related activities or high-liability activities will be approved.
  • Support of the program director and facility for ongoing conversation following the completion of the granted project or program.
  • Completion of Result Survey on time. Failure to complete Result Survey will prohibit eligibility for following year.

Recaps of the Resident Wellness Events completed in the 2018 - 2021 academic year are showcased below.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Wellness Event Summaries

Allegheny Health Network IM Residency - Wellness Discussion 2021

AHN IM Residency created wellness discussion groups for all their 110 residents. They meet during their ambulatory block with the chief resident. 



UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine - Art and Garden 2021

Wednesday May 26th, 2021 during one of our Wellbeing Wednesday’s, we planned a gardening session for the residents. The purpose of the program was to spend time getting outside with one another while everyone got to paint and then plant their own pot and fill with flowers and herbs


Washington Health System - Yoga and Picnic 2021

WHS Family Medicine Residency Program has had an active Wellness Program since 2017. Activities have included enhanced Balint groups, Yoga, Tai Chi and other exercises classes, mindfulness training, reflective writing classes, special class nights and a yearly resident retreat. Residents are involved in planning many of the activities, specifically the class nights and yearly retreat.


UPMC LItitz Residency Barnstomers Baseball Game – June 10, 2021

Due to changing guidelines that our hospital system has in place from the COVID-19 pandemic, our wellness committee elected to pursue obtaining group tickets for our local baseball team. This allowed us to come together outside of the hospital in an open area while maintaining social distance guidelines. We were able to take part in multiple games throughout the baseball game; including the favorite of all, “sling the wing” event as we competed against each other (all in good fun) as we hurled rubber chickens trying to make it into a basket. It was certainly a way to bond!


Penn Highlands Residency - Escape Room 2021

We enjoyed our POMA sponsored resident retreat having lunch locally and then splitting into two groups to complete two different escape room activities. We originally wanted to eat at a locally owned restaurant called Napoli’s but unfortunately, they were closed for indoor dining due to COVID...

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