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

PCOM Internal Medicine Residency – 2020

The Penn Highlands Family Medicine Residents are very thankful for Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association’s support towards resident wellness this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis. While our original plans of professional painting classes and lakeside activities were cancelled due to COVID-19 and stormy weather respectively, we were able to find a safe and fun way to promote stress relief, bonding, and wellness. In addition to promoting healthy eating and team bonding skills, this year our objectives included promoting local businesses. We invited POMA board members to join the activities as well.


PCOM Internal Medicine Residency – March 7, 2020

The PCOM Internal Medicine residency wellness retreat program involved a night of volunteering in the MANNA organization helping to prepare fresh meals for people in need in Philadelphia on March 7, 2020. Following our time at MANNA, we enjoyed a dinner together, relaxed and discussed ways to manage stress and promote well-being.


Meadville Medical Center Family Medicine Residency – March 4, 2020

Meadville Medical Center Family Medicine Residency’s Resident Retreat: Winter Blues Buster 

- Breakfast at the Market House Grille, Meadville, PA
- Ascend rock wall climbing, Pittsburgh, PA
- Lunch at The Colombian Spot, Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA


Clarion Hospital Event – February 22, 2020

What was the general understanding of the purpose of the project/program by participants?
Participants understood the purpose of the project was to improve interpersonal relationships amongst residents to create an environment that encourages wellness through trust and reliance upon one another so we may reach out to each other if we feel we need help.


UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency – February 19, 2020

Each Wednesday afternoon, our residency program has protected didactic lecture time and ten times per year we focus on Wellbeing. On February 19, 2020 we focused on healthy eating. This included a presentation by PGY1 Suzanne Whittemore and attending Dr. Rowena Pingul-Ravano on meal preparation with an emphasis on whole food, plant-based diets. Patient centered information including reduction in heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Resident centered information including quick and easy recipes and meal preparation suggestions were provided as well.

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