POMA Committee on Physician Wellness

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POMA’s Committee on Physician Wellness 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.

Over the last three years, the Committee has sponsored wellness events for residents across the Commonwealth with funding provided by the POMA Foundation.  Grants for the 2019-20 academic year have already been awarded - click here to view this year's recipients.  Project summaries will be published as we receive the recaps. The extension for events to be completed is December 31, 2020.

You may apply for 2020-2021 Grant Funding using the link below.

Timeline Activities:
Submit Grant Proposal Due - November 1, 2020
Expect Grant Notification - December 15, 2020
Program/Project Time Frame - January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021
Results/Outcome Report and Survey Responses - Not less than two 2Weeks following program completion.

Recaps of the Resident Wellness Events completed in the 2018-19 academic year are showcased below.

Academic Year 2018-19 Wellness Event Summaries

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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