Leadership Programs for Young Physicians, Residents, and Students 

POMA is committed to helping our osteopathic students, resident and young physicians as they transition to practice, develop life-long career skills, and grow their professional network.  We currently host three leadership forums every year - January (Western PA), May (Eastern PA), August (Central PA).


2019 Resident and Student Leadership Program

Registration for the 2019 Spring Leadership Program is open and we've moved to a new day!  This year we have devoted an entire day to Residents and Young Physicians during the POMA Clinical Assembly.  On Thursday, May 2 residents from across the Commonwealth will present their own cutting-edge research during two sessions of scientific poster presentations.  In between the poster sessions will be the 4th Annual Spring Leadership Program.

Described as a program that discusses topics chosen by current residents that focus on things you need to know about life after residency that no one ever tells you.  Divided into a morning and afternoon session with a networking luncheon break, the program features TED-style presentations with ample time for discussion and Q&A.  See below for this year's agenda.

Registration is free to all osteopathic medical students, interns, residents and fellows - register today!  Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own transportation and lodging.  Lunch is provided!

Spring Leadership Program Agenda
10:45 - 11:45 am Morning Session - The First 5 Years

How to Be a Leader

Getting Involved with Professional Organizations and Specialty Colleges

Thomas Dardarian, DO - ACOOG President


Practice Outlook: How to Find Your Happiness

Panel discussion with Pam Goldman, DO; Joe Zawisza, DO; Jen Lorine, DO


Financial Management

Personal Budgeting, Managing Debt, Buying/Renting/Leasing Homes and Cars

11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch - Networking with Osteopathic Leaders and Presenters
12:45 - 1:30 pm Afternoon Session - How to Have Difficult Conversations

Saying No in the Workplace

Lisa Witherite-Rieg, DO


Delivering Bad News and Saying You're Sorry

Robert Dolansky, Jr., DO

1:30 - 2:00 pm Closing Remarks and Networking
*Times for the poster presentations were taken into account while designing this program. The Leadership Program is an open-door program, allowing attendees to come and go as their schedule allows.


POMA's Scientific Poster Day will be held on Thursday, May 2.  The morning presentation session will be held from 9:00 - 10:30 am and the afternoon presentation session will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.  Please contact Melanie LaPenta, PCOM GME Manager, at (215) 871-6694 or email [email protected], with any questions.  All presenters are welcome to attend the Leadership Program - click here to register.