Local health leaders selected for national fellowship

    CALGARY, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Tracy Wasylak, Vice President, South
West Community Portfolio and Dr. Ted C. Braun, Executive Medical Director,
South Health Campus both from the Calgary Health Region have been selected as
one of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare fellowship
program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA).
    The EXTRA/FORCES fellowship is designed to train health system managers
from across Canada to become better decision makers by using and applying
evidence from research in their day-to-day work. The two-year program combines
residency seminars, e-learning, mentorship and networking components with
intervention projects undertaken in fellows' home institutions.
    "The EXTRA/FORCES program gives fellows the opportunity to network with
other healthcare leaders facing similar challenges," said Dr. Jean Rochon,
former Quebec minister of health and social services and chair of the
EXTRA/FORCES Advisory Council. "The program allows them to share problems and
ideas, and to discuss possible solutions."
    A key element of the program is an intervention project through which
fellows apply their classroom learning to solving issues in their home
    Ms. Wasylak has chosen to focus on Sustainability of the Alberta Hip &
Knee Project in Calgary Health Region while Dr. Braun's focus will be on a
strategy to implement interprofessional practice on a new health campus.
    EXTRA/FORCES was established in 2003 with a $25 million grant from Health
Canada. The first cohort of 24 fellows was selected in May, 2004. This year
marks its fourth year. Ms. Wasylak and Dr. Braun are both part of the fourth
cohort who began their first residency session in August.

    EXTRA/FORCES is a partnership program, administered by the Canadian
Health Services Research Foundation and supported by the Canadian College of
Health Service Executives (CCHSE); the Canadian Health Services Research
Foundation (CHSRF); the Canadian Medical Association (CMA); the Canadian
Nurses Association (CNA); and a consortium of Quebec partners represented by
the Agence des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS).

For further information:

For further information: Kelly Goulet-Lewis, Account Coordinator,
Blueprint Public Relations, (613) 237-7400 Ext. 22, Cell: (613) 769-3411; For
Tracy Wasylak: Jennifer Lomas, Calgary Health Region, (403) 943-3877; For Dr.
Braun: Joanne Anderson, Calgary Health Region, (403) 943-1257

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