Professional Guidance Committee

POMA Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians

The POMA Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians enables residents from across the state to interact with POMA’s physician members and serve as representatives of their programs and institutions to POMA. The PGYP serves as a safe environment where residents can bring forward their colleagues concerns, questions and issues. They also receive information about issues impacting physicians at all levels – most especially our interns and residents. The PGYP also participates in interactive leadership activities, communications, team building and problem solving exercises.

The Mental Health Task Force addressing mental health issues and tasked with creating programs to help young physicians cope with the stress and fatigue of residency was borne out of PGYP activities. Other advances include education on the transition from training to attending status; and discuss concerns about the single accreditation system to the POMA Board of Trustees. It is because of a recommendation of intern and resident members of this committee, that our physicians in training now have a voting representative present at every POMA Board of Trustees Meeting and at the annual POMA House of Delegates Meeting. Many past members of this committee have become leaders of POMA.

Regional committee meetings are held on weekday evenings in September, December and March.  Representatives attending the meetings will be reimbursed transportation (mileage) expenses.

If you are interested in representing your residency program on POMA's PGYP committee, please contact Tammy L. Keller, POMA administration, [email protected] or call 717-939-9318 ext. 130.

We look forward to meeting our future leaders this year!

Upcoming Meetings for the 2021/22 Academic Year

PGYP East - March 3, 2022 - will meet in-person at Peppers By Amedeo's Restaurant at 6:30 PM Register here.

PGYP Central - March 23, 2022 - will meet in-person at Gilligan's Restaurant at 6:30 PM Register here.

PGYP West - March 29, 2022 - will meet in-person at Fat Eddy's Bar-BQ at 7:00 PM Register here.

Professional Guidance Recaps

Find out what happened at the recent regional meetings.

PGYP West Region December 2019

An enthusiastic group of residents and attendings/POMA leaders came together at Cadillac Ranch in Pittsburgh on December 4 for the winter meeting of the Professional Guidance Committee – West Region. An icebreaker activity started the meeting with the group describing the profession they would have if not an osteopathic physician and then describing their dream job.  They found many similarities throughout the group in healthcare professions and education for their alternative profession, and dream jobs that included food and travel.


PGYP East Region September 2019

Professional Guidance East Region September 2019 meeting

The Professional Guidance/Young Physician – East Region held its first meeting of the year on September 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s in King of Prussia. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout – we had 20 residents/interns, 5 committee physicians and 1 POMA staff member in attendance.

Elections were held during the meeting to represent residents in the East Region at the POMA Board of Trustees and POMA House of Delegates. Andrea DeSimone, DO from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the Board Representative and Amanda Piraino, DO from Bryn Mawr Hospital is the Alternate Representative. The Representative and Alternate to the POMA House of Delegates in April will be discussed at the December meeting.


PGYP West Region September 2019

Professional Guidance West Region September meeting

This year’s first PGYP-West Region Meeting was held on September 25, 2019 at the North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock, PA. The evening was kicked off with an ice breaker activity that asked participants to write down their answers to the following questions:

  1. What was (is) the most recent non-medical book you have read/are reading?
  2. What is your “specialty dish” – the one no one can make as good as you?
  3. Is your bed made?

The participants then folded their cards and they were redistributed. Each card was read and the group tried to determine whose answers were on the card. Following re-assigning the answers to their respective owners, a discussion regarding reading fiction and non-fiction and empathy, cooking as innovation, and successful habits including making one’s bed with references to these practices.


PGYP Central Region September 2019

PYGP Central

The POMA Committee on Professional Guidance – Central Region held its first meeting of the year on 17 September 2019, at the POMA Central Office in Harrisburg. We started with a discussion of what POMA is, how it is structured, and the role that residents, interns, and students serve within the organization. We talked about getting involved in your local district and an invitation was made to all present to attend a local district meeting with their peers. There was an update about the Board of Trustees and POFPS.

Wellness initiatives and activities POMA does to help resident and interns were naturally the focus of the meeting. We talked about Scholarly Activity opportunities such as poster presentations or giving talks at district meetings. We discussed Resident Wellness Event Grants and all present were
encouraged to have their programs apply, and also for scholarships. Those present were asked to consider writing a How Are You DOing? article or encouraging their friends to write one, as well as articles for DOs DOing More.


PGYP Central Region March 2019

PGYP Central Region March 2019

The Central Region of the POMA Committee on Professional Guidance met March 26 in Harrisburg.  Many residents and interns from the area met to discuss issues important to them, both within their programs as well as at a state and national level. 

Because of the success of an OMT demonstration at our last meeting, and at the request of attendees, another OMT presentation was given for respiratory issues in pediatric patients.  Techniques were selected for their ability to be done in a timely fashion during the busy day of residents, interns, and practicing physicians.  There was a lively discussion of other techniques that can be done and the unique way that we can help patients as DOs. 

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