|What Does POMA Do For Me?
Why Join the POMA? Talking Points
POMA is Your Information Clearinghouse and Ombudsman Service
What Does POMA Do?
- POMA is your osteopathic advocate
- POMA testifies on behalf of osteopathic physicians
- It is the resource for your questions regarding:
- Patient safety
- Continuing medical education
- Professional liability
- Life insurance
- Medical insurance
- Practice concerns
- Employment of PAs, CRNPs
- Closing a practice
- Insurance reimbursement
- Patient complaints
How Does POMA Serve Its Members?
- Promotes the osteopathic profession and physicians in Pennsylvania.
- Peer review and advocacy
- Committee to review insurance cases at members’ requests
- Committee to review grievances by physicians and patients
- Contributes to Physicians Health Programs (for impaired physicians) and advises physicians regarding the program.
Benefits to POMA Members
- POMA records all CME credits sent to the Central Office and forwards these credits to the AOA CME Department.
- Annual Clinical Assembly/Convention allows physicians to earn 40 Category 1 CME credits, including patient safety and other CME requirements for Florida licensure.
- Physicians in their first year of practice after completing a residency receive FREE POMA membership – a $375 value
How to Get Involved
- Serve on POMA committees (39)
- District leadership
- POMA House of Delegates – policy body
- POMA board of trustees
- POMA officers
- The POMA Newsletter is published and e-mailed every three weeks.
- The Journal of the POMA is an educational medical journal that is published quarterly
- The POMA Membership Directory is published annually and is available online.
- “Patient Pointers” flyers are published in the POMA Newsletter for distribution in physicians’ offices.
- “Legal Corner” appears in the Newsletter and/or Journal as called for by current issues.
- "Another Voice," a POMA Newsletter column is designed to allow physicians to share their opinions on issues.
- The POMA website, www.poma.org, includes timely information and links to other sites important to the osteopathic profession.
- E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, allows POMA to send the POMA Newsletter to members with e-mail addresses more quickly, as well as distribute district meeting notices and news briefs. It also allows POMA members easy access to the Central Office.
- Pamphlets on osteopathic medicine and “What is a D.O.,” etc., are available upon request.
- Board member of the Citizens Allied for Pennsylvania Patients, designed to achieve true tort reform.
- Business Advisory Committee – PMSLIC
- Carrier Advisory Committee – CMS
- Health Care Cost and Quality Data Committee
- OPTIs – LECOMT and PCOM Mednet
- State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation – Medical Advisors
- Loan Forgiveness Program
- Office of Medical Assistance PROMISe Program
- POMA contributes $130,000 each year to the POMA Foundation for stethoscopes and physician members’ continuing medical education seminars and scholarships.
- POMA life and disability insurance -- new members under 45 years of age qualify for a $25,000 life insurance policy and a $25,000 disability policy free for the first year.
- POMA contributes to charities on an annual basis.
What Does POMA Do for Students, Interns and Residents?
What Does POMA Do for Students
A portion of your dues subsidizes:
- Scholarships to third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students
- Stethoscopes to first-year osteopathic medical students at LECOM and PCOM, and to Pennsylvania residents in other osteopathic medical schools upon request
- White Coats to first-year osteopathic medical students at LECOM and PCOM
- Outstanding Student Award presented annually to a member of the LECOM and PCOM graduating class
- Student Government presidents from LECOM and PCOM to attend AOA House of Delegates meeting
- Student Government and SOMA presidents attend POMA board of trustees meetings with voice.
- The POMA Newsletter is e-mailed to LECOM and PCOM students
- The POMA Newsletter reserves space for a “Student Corner” column.
- Contribute to Primary Care functions
- Senior Luncheon at LECOM and PCOM
- Students are invited to participate in the Annual Clinical Essay Contest, with a $1,000 first prize.
- Students are automatically POMA members during their years in osteopathic medical school.
What Does POMA Do for Interns and Residents
- Committee on Professional Guidance/Young Physicians
- Intern and resident representatives from Pennsylvania programs meet three times per year in each region – East/Central/West.
- Intern/resident representatives from each region attend POMA board of trustees meetings
- Resident representatives for the three regions are part of the POMA House of Delegates with voting privileges.
- Advice on Pennsylvania licensure requirements
- AOA-approved internship
- Professional liability
- Interns and residents are invited to participate in the Annual Clinical Essay Contest, with $1,000 first prize
- Interns and residents are POMA members and receive the POMA Newsletter through e-mail.
- The POMA Newsletter reserves space for an “Intern/Resident Corner” column
- Prep for Practice seminars held as needed