Prepare Program at Mission Bay

Before a surgical procedure, your doctor will schedule an appointment for you at the Prepare Program, our anesthesia and surgical evaluation program. Our Prepare Program staff will ensure you're ready for surgery and that you complete the necessary tests before your operation.

Your appointment will include hospital registration, financial counseling and a health evaluation.

The health evaluation includes:

  • Brief medical history and physical exam completed by a nurse practitioner or anesthesiologist
  • Discussion about anesthesia during your procedure and pain control after the procedure
  • Measurement of blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs

A blood test, chest X-ray and electrocardiogram (ECG) may be performed

You doctor can arrange a Prepare appointment by phone if:

  • You're in good health and less than 60 years old
  • You have visited the Prepare Clinic within the last three months with no change in health

Surgical Patient's Day of Admission

If you are a surgical patient, please arrive at the hospital at the time indicated by your doctor's office or the Prepare Clinic. When you arrive, please go to the pre-operative waiting room in M-104J on the first floor of the hospital, unless you have been told otherwise.

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  • A receptionist in the pre-operative waiting room will greet you and let the surgical staff know you have arrived.
  • A staff member will escort you to the pre-surgical area, where you will be assigned a comfortable gurney, asked to put on a hospital gown and be prepared for surgery. One friend or relative may wait with you until you are taken to surgery.
  • If you would like to meet with a chaplain before your surgery, please call to make an appointment.
  • A nurse will take your vital signs. The anesthesiologist will visit you to review the anesthesia and answer any questions you may have.
  • If an epidural is used for anesthesia and pain management, it may be started at this time.
  • Once the surgical team and the operating room is ready, you will be taken to the operating room and your friend or relative will be asked to return to the pre-operative waiting room.
  • Your friend or relative may track your progress by asking the receptionist in the waiting room.
  • After your surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). The PACU provides post anesthesia or sedation care and can accommodate extended stay patients if needed. No visitors are allowed in this unit. You will go upstairs to your room when the doctors feel you are ready.

Prepare for Surgery Workshop

UCSF offers a free "Prepare for Surgery" workshop to help ease patients' worries and answer their questions before surgery. Hosted by a team of experts from anesthesia, pain management and integrative medicine, this free class is held two Mondays a month. For more information, please click the "Free Workshop" tab below.

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Getting Here

Prepare Program at Mission Bay
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Third Floor, 3B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885-7241

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

What to Expect

    We will provide instructions for your hospital admission, including where to check in and restrictions regarding what you may eat and drink before your operation.

    On the day of your surgery, please arrive two hours prior to your scheduled procedure. You may be asked to complete additional forms on the day of your operation.

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

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Free Workshop

To help reduce anxiety, enjoy peace of mind and get answers to questions you might have about your pending surgery, join our Prepare for Surgery Workshop.

This free workshop is led by a team of UCSF experts from anesthesia, pain management and integrative medicine. Together, we will help you understand your options for anesthesia and pain management and teach you mind-body techniques to help you relax and achieve a state of mind conducive to healing.

People who participate in this workshop often:

  • Feel more relaxed before surgery
  • Have more tools to manage pre-surgery anxiety
  • May require less pain medication

Note: You are welcome to attend at any time, but the class is most helpful 2-3 weeks before surgery. If you are unable to attend, one-on-one pre-surgery preparation is available with Teresa Corrigan, RN, MA, CLYT.

Time: Two Mondays per month, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:1545 Divisadero St., 4th Floor, Room 424

Fee: Free

Instructors: Teresa Corrigan and Brenda Watkins

Registration/Info: Please call (415) 353-7718 or email.

2016 Dates:

  • January 11 & 25
  • February 8 & 22
  • March 7 & 21
  • April 4 & 18
  • May 2 & 16
  • June 6 & 20
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8 & 22
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 3 & 17
  • November 7 & 21
  • December 5 & 19

This class is in collaboration with: UCSF Perioperative Services, Department of Anesthesia and Nursing


  • 95% of participants agree that they feel more prepared for surgery after taking the class. 99% of participants would recommend this class to their doctor for referrals.
  • 100% of participants would recommend this class to their friends.
  • "Honestly, I feel like this class is fantastic. The information presented by the doctor was great; the stress, anxiety relief, breathing exercises and guided imagery were outstanding. Thank you."
  • "Amazing class! I highly recommend this workshop. It made a huge difference to me in my sense of being heard and having information, knowing my choices, knowing that this is the best care available, so I can relax and trust. Thank you for the wonderful shift in my outlook and all the positive strategies. You guys are so compassionate, caring and generous! Thank you!"


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

More Information

Download a Mission Bay campus map

Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

More Information

(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
SFMTA website

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

More Information

Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)