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.  

Our next cycle of resident wellness grant funding is opening soon! Applications will be available October 1, 2023!  

Timeline Activities:
Grant Applications Open - October 1, 2023
Grant Proposals Due - November 15, 2023
Grant Notification - December 2023
Program/Project Time Frame - January 1, 2024 through May 31, 2024
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 from the 2018 - 2023 academic years are showcased below.

Academic Year 2022-2023 Resident Wellness Event Summaries

Guthrie Robert Packer - Pulmonary Residency - Museum of Glass - 06.17.23

The project was viewed by the participants as an opportunity to implement techniques to help manage stress and utilize art to further improve mood prior to the onset of burnout. The area of pulmonary and critical care medicine has a relatively high burnout rate. There is some research that suggests that once a burnout has been detected it is too late and that may never truly recover....



Lehigh Valley Health Network Emergency Medicine Residency - Ropes Course - 06.07.23

As EM residents, we often feel separate from the rest of the residency programs within our hospital, just given the location of our department, and given the size of our residency have some difficulty bringing everyone together, so we were interested in having an event together for team building and community enriching events. We are embedded in a brand new...... 



Reading Hospital Tower Health Internal Medicine- Multicultural Day - May 27, 2023

Residents come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Learning and experiences others cultures is essential to expanding ones understanding of people. The Reading Hospital Internal medicine took their own personal backgrounds and ....



PCOM Internal Medicine - Field Day-  May 21, 2023

Fun in the sun. The PCOM Internal Medicine residents enjoyed a nice afternoon of games and competitions. The games helped....



Aria Health - Jefferson Health Northeast / Emergency & Family Medicine - Goat Yoga -  May 2023


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