About the Executive Training Program (EXTRA)

EXTRA is the only fully bilingual improvement fellowship of its kind in Canada. It is grounded in the complex reality of leading and managing change in today’s health and healthcare environments.

    EXTRA program objectives
  • Enhance the capacity of individuals and teams to make change happen.
  • Build the capacity of organizations to achieve and sustain improvement.
  • Create a pan-Canadian community of leaders dedicated to innovation.
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In response to the latest call for applications, nine inter-professional teams from across Canada have been selected to participate in EXTRA’s Cohort 13.

This year the EXTRA program has a special focus on integrating care across services, sectors and providers to deliver high-quality care in the patient’s home or community. Projects aim to improve transitions between services, organizations or jurisdictions, and to explore ways to successfully shift the delivery of care from acute to home or community settings.

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Read more about the 2017–18 EXTRA teams and their projects »


The EXTRA experience

EXTRA builds leadership and organizational capacity to achieve breakthrough improvement that enhances patient and family experience of care, the health of populations and value-for-money, by offering:

  • EXTRA Delivery: integrated, hands-on coaching and guidance provided by expert CFHI faculty, coaches, and advisors —to help leaders design improvement and implement real change
  • EXTRA Impact: a curriculum engineered to deliver a cumulative learning experience focused on the critical capacity your organization needs to design, implement, and spread innovative improvement
  • EXTRA Experience: an alumni network that includes over 300 healthcare leaders across Canada — which you can tap into during and after your fellowship — to connect with innovators working to challenge the status quo

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EXTRA Timeline


The EXTRA curriculum

EXTRA is CFHI’s most intensive quality improvement program. Upon completion of the program Fellows are well versed in quality improvement methods and tools, and know how to apply it in the design, implementation and evaluation of improvement. The curriculum is underpinned by CFHI’s Six Levers for Healthcare ImprovementLearning Modules and Activities »


Supporting Organizations


BC Patient Safety Quality Council
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Nurses Association
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Canadian Health Leadership Network