About the Executive Training Program (EXTRA)

What is EXTRA?

EXTRA is unique in its approach in partnering teams from across Canada with experts, faculty and coaches to address real-life health system challenges by finding real-life health system solutions.

CFHI’s EXTRA team works with you to tackle an existing priority (through the improvement project) while building your organization’s capacity and readiness to implement ongoing sustainable improvements capable of transforming the health system.

EXTRA by the numbers

EXTRA program objectives

  • Create a pan- Canadian community of senior leaders dedicated to innovation
  • Build the capacity of organizations to lead, achieve and sustain improvement
  • Enhance the capacity of leaders and teams to make change happen
  • Accelerate sustainable design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed improvement projects that are critical to the strategic priorities of the organization


Announcing the Cohort 14 Teams

In response to the latest call for applications, 10 inter-professional teams from across Canada have been selected to participate in EXTRA’s Cohort 14.

Read more about the 2018–19 EXTRA teams and their projects.



How EXTRA works

EXTRA builds leadership and organizational capacity to achieve evidence-informed 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 and coaches to help senior leaders design improvement and implement real change. All aspects of EXTRA are fully bilingual (French and English) to facilitate dialogue among Fellows across Canada.
  • EXTRA Impact: a curriculum engineered to deliver a customized learning experience focused on building on your organization’s capacities to design, implement and spread innovative improvement.
  • EXTRA Experience: an alumni network that includes over 400 healthcare leaders across Canada – which you can tap into during and after your fellowship – to connect with healthcare leaders working to challenge the status quo. 

The EXTRA Approach

Timeline: 2018‒2019 Cohort 14

EXTRA Cohort 14 Timeline

The EXTRA curriculum

Renowned Canadian and international faculty deliver the EXTRA curriculum with support from CFHI coaches and staff. The curriculum is structured in four core interactive learning modules. Fellows gain competency as they progress through the design, implementation, and evaluation of the improvement project. The modules provide a balance of theory, tools and practical techniques. The curriculum is underpinned by CFHI’s Six Levers for Healthcare Improvement.

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

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