Gaylene Molnar is looking forward to the skills she’ll develop as an EXTRA fellow. Molnar is the latest Saskatoon Health Region staff member to be accepted into the prestigious program. The Executive Training for Research Application program, known as EXTRA, is a program of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to develop capacity and leadership to optimize the use of research evidence in managing Canadian health-care organizations.

Molnar is program manager of Geriatric Evaluation and Management Services and Rehabilitation Outpatients with Saskatoon Health Region. Her project is called “Older Adults Transitioning from Hospital to Home: Bridging the Gap.”

“Being awarded a fellowship in the EXTRA program is a great honour,” says Molnar. “As a nurse leader within this organization, this experience is a great opportunity to improve my knowledge and understanding of research evidence, increase my skills to better apply evidence in my everyday practice, and increase my effectiveness as an evidence-based decision maker. This EXTRA fellowship provides the opportunity to network with other EXTRA fellows and faculty from across the country. This will be a prime opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with experts from various health regions and universities.”

Molnar is working with other colleagues to design a service delivery model to meet the needs of the Region’s growing older adult population. “During this fellowship I will be directly applying these learnings to an intervention project focused on the issues faced by older adults as they transition between acute care and the community, identifying solutions to ensure a seamless transition.”