Keyna Bracken is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She is currently the Director of Enhanced Skills Program and Clerkship Director for the Department of Family Medicine.
She joined the department in 2007, after working for ten years as a busy community-based family physician including high volume, full care obstetrics. Keyna was the Physician Director of the Maternity Centre of Hamilton from 2008-2015 and remains actively involved in both the provision and teaching of family medicine centered obstetrical care. During this time, Keyna received a HAHSO grant for innovation to obstetrical care delivery, partnered with other departments at McMaster in several studies including, BHIP (Be Healthy in Pregnancy), and Public Health in, ‘My Baby and me’ Passport program for young mothers. Keyna is actively involved in teaching emergency obstetrical skills internationally with the Society of Obstetricians of Gynecologists of Canada and is collaborating with colleagues at Syiah Kuala University Indonesia, for part of her sabbatical in 2017 to work on maternal child curriculum development.
In addition to Maternal Child Care and International Health work, Keyna is passionate about the process of medical education, especially as it relates to the development of resilient, reflective, professionals. Keyna is currently involved in medical education research looking at the uses of social power in clinical learning environments.
Keyna is interested in innovative models of undergraduate medical education and will also explore this on sabbatical.
Keyna has been recognized for excellence in clinical practice by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has received numerous teaching awards.