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 Orthopedic Residency Softball League

PCOM's orthopedic surgery residency has a long-rooted history of hard work, dedication, and diversity. As one of the larger osteopathic orthopedic residency programs, getting to know one another outside of the hospital can be an arduous task. Complicating matters even further is the volume of hospitals that we provide coverage for; this makes it difficult to find time that we are all in the same place and able to talk about things other than fractures and dislocations. PCOM orthopedics is a program with 30 residents from many different backgrounds, geographic locations, and interests both inside and outside of the hospital. Some of us are Philly locals, while some have just moved here. Some of us have our own families, while some of us live alone.


Suburban Community Hospital Resident Wellness Garden

Public health studies have shown that community gardens have improved outcomes in patients and families. Using evidence-grounded designWellness garden theory, gardens serve to increase individuals’ engagement in nature which can lead to stress reduction. Although this phenomenon has been documented, its effect on medical residents and medical professionals in general has been understudied. Suburban Community Hospital Intern class decided to study it first-hand.

Over a weekend this past May, residents and attending physicians were invited to help in building the wellness garden. An area behind the hospital was designated as the area suitable for the garden. Funds from the grant were used to purchase soil, plants, and other materials to build the garden.


The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education: Lackawanna FM Wellness Day 2018

Wright Center-Shawnee Inn

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education participated in Lackawanna FM Wellness Day 2018 at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA. The purpose of the program was to allow us some time outside of work to de-stress and practice wellness. Since we're always getting on our patients to practice self-care, it seemed like a little bit of "practice what you preach" in giving us dedicated time to do some mental, physical, and social activities and take care of ourselves a little bit.


PCOM Internal Medicine Residents - Bowling Night

On, Thursday, December 14, 2018,The Internal Medicine Residents, together with Faculty and Administrative staff, participated in an evening PCOM Internal Medicine Residentsof fun, food and bowling at Revolutions bowling alley.  The entire group was divided into teams consisting of an Intern, a 2nd and 3rd year resident and a Faculty member who then competed for highest bowling scores.  Winners were awarded “gold” medals and gained bragging rights for the next year.


Meadville Medical Center - Escape Room

On April 4, 2018, the Meadville Medical Center engaged in an escape room experience where we worked together to find the clues to effect our escape from the brig of the Flagship Niagara. We escaped (almost) by employing our sleuthing and teamwork skills and having a fun day together. Throughout the activity we demonstrated teamwork, communication, problem-solving, patience, and mental stimulation.

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