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EXTRATM: Executive Training Program

EXTRA is Healthcare Excellence Canada’s team-based, bilingual leadership development program. It’s designed to help leaders across the country create more resilient organizations better able to address complex problems. Now open to applications for its 18th cohort, EXTRA focuses on building the capabilities of teams of leaders to improve quality and safety in healthcare.

Program overview :

  • EXTRA™: Executive Training Program

Now accepting applications for EXTRA Cohort 18

Pre-application Coaching Calls 

Book a call now to learn about EXTRA. You’ll speak to coaches who are healthcare CEOs and other system leaders with vast experience leading complex change in health care. E-mail us at EXTRA-FORCES@hec-esc.ca.

Pre-application Coaching Calls 

Book a call now to learn about EXTRA. You’ll speak to coaches who are healthcare CEOs and other system leaders with vast experience leading complex change in health care. E-mail us at EXTRA-FORCES@hec-esc.ca.

About EXTRA

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a pause button on leadership development and quality improvement. If you’re looking to restart leadership development and build the capabilities of leaders to improve quality and safety in healthcare, consider EXTRAHealthcare Excellence Canada’s team-based leadership development program.  

Together with other leaders from across the country, help your teams create innovative, evidence-informed ways to make health and social system improvements – generating lasting change in your organization. 

EXTRA helps leaders plan for the future. They develop stronger leadership skills through hands-on coaching with healthcare executives and through teamwork. As well as meaningful engagement with people with lived experience.

Join more than 500 fellows from across Canada who have successfully completed Healthcare Excellence Canada’s EXTRA program.

Apply today!

Download the Call for Applications

Watch a recording of our Virtual Open house

EXTRA by the numbers (16 years running, 160 Canadian organizations have participated; 500 fellows, 254 improvement projects)

What you’ll learn 

Through EXTRA, you’ll learn how to use evidence to directly address system problems. For example, how to integrate care better or how to build better pathways for patients with complex medical needs. 

You’ll enhance your leadership skills in patient safety, cultural safety and patient engagement – moving your organizational priorities forward. And you’ll learn more about co-designing projects with people with lived experience, including patients, families and caregivers. 

Benefits for participants:

  • Improve leadership skills required to lead transformational change
  • Learn from renowned Canadian and international experts and organizational leaders
  • Receive guidance from coaches that are experienced senior organizational leaders
  • Peer-to-peer learning and networking with colleagues from across Canada

Benefits for organizations:

  • Develop leaders with the expertise to transform organizational culture to enable safer care 
  • Develop capacity and capability to convert evidence into actionable policies and programs 
  • Implement a quality improvement project aligned with the organization’s priorities 
  • Share learning within your organization and across health systems

Who you’ll learn from 

As an EXTRA participant, you’ll connect with peers, learn directly from renowned Canadian experts and international speakers, and engage effectively with patients with lived experience. 

Program coaches are healthcare CEOs and other system leaders with vast experience leading complex change in health care. Our coaches will ask you critical questions and help you think through your project strategically.

Results 

EXTRA has supported many leaders in being a catalyst for change:  

  • 83% of improvement teams from a recent EXTRA cohort reported making improvements in the health of patients and residents, resulting from their quality improvement project. 
  • One participating hospital saw a 50% decrease in emergency room visits for 70% of Emergency Department users followed. 
  • Other EXTRA fellows used data to improve the flow of communication between hospital and community.  

Program details 

  • Partnering teams of three to five leaders (including leaders with lived experience) with experts, faculty and coaches sets fellows up for success in addressing real-life health system challenges. 
  • Teams can be made up of participants from health and related organizations, such community and social services, education, justice and housing. 
  • The program is both virtual and in-person, allowing participants to build strong networks (format may change depending on pandemic status).

“The EXTRA program allowed senior leaders from our and partner organizations to work together to improve integration of care in our community.”

-Sarah Downey, formerly CEO of Michael Garron Hospital; currently President and CEO of CAMH; EXTRA Cohort 6 

“The EXTRA program allowed senior leaders from our and partner organizations to work together to improve integration of care in our community.”

-Sarah Downey, formerly CEO of Michael Garron Hospital; currently President and CEO of CAMH; EXTRA Cohort 6 

“As a result of my learnings from the EXTRA program, I am better able to lead in complex environments.” 

-Matthew Murphy, Nova Scotia Health, EXTRA Cohort 15 

“As a result of my learnings from the EXTRA program, I am better able to lead in complex environments.” 

-Matthew Murphy, Nova Scotia Health, EXTRA Cohort 15 

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