Rita McCracken

Rita McCracken

Rita McCracken (she/her) MD, PhD, CCFP (COE), FCFP is a family doctor and uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice, UBC. She chose medicine as a second career after working in Human Resources for high tech companies and has an undergraduate degree in Commerce (1992) from the University of Alberta. Dr. McCracken completed medical school (2006) at the University of Calgary and her Family Practice residency (2008) at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown, Vancouver, BC. Her PhD (2018) is from the University of British Columbia Experimental Medicine program where she studied primary care prescribing practices that minimize harm from prescription medication, especially for older people.

Dr. McCracken studies the family doctor “shortage” in Canada and structures and interventions that can increase equitable patient access to high quality, longitudinal primary care. She is frequently invited by broadcast and print media to comment on the issues related to the lack of adequate access to primary care. A list of her media appearances can be found here https://linktr.ee/DrRitaMc.

She also studies the use of medical education and audit and feedback interventions in primary care prescribing to improve patient outcomes, specifically related to opioid medications. A complete list of Dr. McCracken’s publications can be found here. https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&inst=17001591832933267808&user=EhWIb38AAAAJ

Dr. McCracken participates in national and international primary care research projects providing perspective as a practicing family physician and health services researcher. A complete list of her active projects can be found here https://www.ritamccracken.ca.

She is interested in speaking to masters and PhD students seeking mentorship and supervision for the study of primary care health services organization.

To learn more about Dr. McCracken’s work you can follow her on Twitter or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drritamc/