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

Reading Internal Medicine Program - Rock Climbing April 16, 2022

Reading Internal Medicine Program took the stress wall during a Rocking Climbing event at Reading Rocks Indoor Rock Climbing in Reading Pennsylvania. The residents.....



PCOM Orthopedic Residents - Top Golf April 7, 2022

I was pleased to represent the POMA Foundation at the PCOM Orthopedics Wellness Grant event on April 7th.  24 orthopedic residents are currently part of the program, and train at 5 hospitals across the Delaware Valley.  The evening consisted of dinner with a journal club presentation and discussion of 4 articles....



UPMC Harrisburg Internal Medicine - Hershey Bears Game March 23, 2022

Fifteen designated osteopathic residents, along with the Director of Osteopathic Education, went to see the Hershey Bears hockey team face off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on March 23, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA......



St. Luke's Anderson Campus Enternal Medicine Residency - Escape Room Feb. 24, 2022

POMA president Dr. Joe Zawisza had a great visit w/ the St. Luke's-Anderson Emergency Medicine program after they made it out of an escape room. Funds for the evening were made available through a grant from the POMA Resident Wellness initiative, funded by the POMA Foundation....



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. 


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