POMA Committee on Physician Wellness

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POMA’s Committee on Physician Wellness is committed to encouraging osteopathic family mental health/well-being through focused activities sponsored and supported by POMA and the POMA Foundation. Our goal is to start the conversation and open dialogue regarding personal well-being in all levels of the osteopathic profession from students to attending physicians.

Over the last three years, the Committee has sponsored wellness events for residents across the Commonwealth with funding provided by the POMA Foundation.  Grants for the 2019-20 academic year have already been awarded - click here to view this year's recipients.  Project summaries will be published as we receive the recaps. The extension for events to be completed is December 31, 2020.

You may apply for 2020-2021 Grant Funding using the link below.

Timeline Activities:
Submit Grant Proposal Due - November 1, 2020
Expect Grant Notification - December 15, 2020
Program/Project Time Frame - January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021
Results/Outcome Report and Survey Responses - Not less than two 2Weeks following program completion.

Recaps of the Resident Wellness Events completed in the 2018-19 academic year are showcased below.

Academic Year 2018-19 Wellness Event Summaries

UPMC Lititz - Paint Night

UPMC Lititz Residency Paint Night

Paint night was a greatly appreciated event organized by the Wellness Committee. Several residents joined the painting class at a local studio to create their own version of the artwork on display. Being able to polish their artistic skills while exploring their natural creativity, it reminded the residents the importance of individuality and unique qualities that everyone brings to the residency program.


Penn State Health St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency:

From the bottom of our hearts here at St. Joes, thank you! Our wellness day was a resounding success. The gears that were meticulously put in place by our Wellness committee, led by Dr. Accamma Joy, DO, started turning on February 27th, 2019 in part thanks to the fuel and drive YOUR grant provided to us.

We are an unopposed community hospital residency program, which means our Residents are woven into the very fabric of the day to day operations of the hospital. To rearrange the tasks that our patients and care centers depend on us for translates to delegation of responsibilities to our already burdened providers and administrators. However, we want to take a moment to thank them in this piece - this day would not have been made possible without them.


First Annual Resident Wellness Day at Conemaugh Memorial Emergency Medicine 

Thanks to the support from POMA and the Mental Health Task Force grant, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency was able to host our first annual Resident Wellness Day. While the residents were a little skeptical about what to expect initially, they ended the day with smiles on their faces and many positive remarks about the event.

We started the day with a brief 20-minute lecture from Dr. Kutz, the psychology program director at our hospital who has a personal passion for wellness. After his talk, we watched a TED Talk regarding wellness and listened to a podcast from a couple of well-known EM physicians regarding their views on resident wellness. The residents wrote anonymous shout outs to each other, to boost group morale, and wrote a list of the reasons they went into Emergency Medicine and what aspects of being an EM resident they feel they excel at. They were instructed to keep these lists in their desk drawers to review when they are having an off day.


Penn Highlands Family Medicine - Team Building, Bonding, and Fun

Penn Highlands Residents BowlingThe Penn Highlands Family Medicine Residents were excited to participate in this year's event. We took the opportunity to use the Mental Health Task Force grant for focusing on healthy ways to deal with the stress.  We invited faculty and mentors to join us as well.  We started the afternoon with a healthy lunch from a local restaurant called Preskos.  We enjoyed organic salads, poke bowls, and fresh fruit smoothies.  We then divided into two teams for bowling. We ranged from first time bowlers to very skilled.  There was a lot of laughing and encouragement.


LECOM Health Psychiatry Resident Wellness Pilot

Residency training can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining which is why the goal of the LECOM Health Psychiatry Resident Wellness Pilot was to create and implement a program that promotes resident wellness based on the four domains of wellbeing: professional, physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. By providing residents with healthy outlets, we hope to create an environment of camaraderie, unity, and support. Initially, our pilot program will work with the psychiatry residents at LECOM Health who are continuously exposed to and bombarded with emotionally and spiritually disheartening and draining stories of trauma, abuse, and/or neglect. We want to make sure that our residents are able to return to their families and loved ones with a lesser burden from the stress of caring for their patients. We strive to provide an environment for our residents to become beacons of wellness and healing who inspire others - we want to be the future of well-physician training.

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