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

LECOM Millcreek Transition Year - Escape Room 05.31.22

LECOM Millcreek Hospital Transition year residents tried their hand at teamwork and puzzle solving with an escape room adventure... 



Washington Health System - Holi and Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations 2022


Rangwali Holi (Dhuleti) is the Hindu festival of colors. It is a day when family and friends come together to cover each other in colored powders and laugh, share Holi delicacies including food and drink. Prior to the meal, one of the residents provided education on the holiday.... 



UPMC Lititz Anesthesiology - Ziplining and Obstacle Course at Refreshing Mountain May 17, 2022

The anesthesia residents had our wellness event today. We did zip lining and an obstacle course at Refreshing Mountain. It was such a beautiful day and the residents had such a great time! We all wanted to thank you and POMA for giving us the resources to be able to organize such an event. We are very grateful for that. 



Lower Bucks Hospital Residencies - Sports Day May 10, 2022

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Podiatry joined together to take a break from work life and enjoy friendly, but competitive relay races, raffle prizes, thoughtful activities, and healthy Mediterranean food from Zoe's kitchen! Discussed nutrition and healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during residency. Topped events and discussions off with a game of soccer! 

Best activity: Anonymously writing kind words or something special about each resident on a notecard, then given to resident at the end. This was done to remind everyone of their value and how grateful we are to be part of this community. 



Penn Highlands Family Residency -Paint N Dip April 29, 2022

We enjoyed our POMA sponsored resident retreat on Friday, April 29th by having individual Charcuterie boards made locally by a company called Graze Together and some homemade dips brought by several of the residents. We then participated in a guided crafting class held by Re.invent.ed, a local crafting company from a neighboring town, with our hosts Allison and Lindsey....


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