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University of Miami Hospital

Your UPAC Appointment

Based on your medical history you’ll be required to schedule an in-person evaluation or a phone screen. Sometimes incomplete information about ongoing or prior medical problems can prevent surgery from taking place as scheduled. To ensure successful preparation for your surgical procedure, we require detailed, up-to-date information about your medical history.

On-Site Visit
Please have the following information emailed or faxed to our clinic prior to your visit (Email: UPAC@med.miami.edu; Fax: 305-243-3687). You may, if more convenient, bring copies of these items to your appointment.

• Your photo ID and insurance card
• Current medications with dosages
• Details of any prior surgical or anesthetic complications
• Any cardiac testing (stress test, cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram) or surgery reports
• Documentation of any cardiac devices (stents, pacemakers, defibrillators)
• Any pulmonary testing (pulmonary function testing or spirometry, sleep study reports, etc.)
• Any recent lab results ( completed within the last 4 months)
• Contact information for your current physicians

A standard UPAC visit may take from one to two hours, depending on the number of tests and interventions ordered during your visit. After registration at the clinic, your visit will consist of:

• Triage and medication review
• Visit with nurse practitioner
• Visit with internal medicine team, if requested by your physician
EKG (if ordered)
• Blood draw (if ordered)
• Further testing (if ordered)

UPAC is located in the University of Miami Hospital main building, 6th floor, south side. The clinic’s main number is 305-243-2196. Please click here for Location and Parking information.

Phone Screen
You will receive a phone call from one of UPAC’s nurses to conduct a brief evaluation. Preparing the information listed below prior to the call will help you answer the questions our team’s nurses will be asking:

• Primary ID and insurance card information
• Your primary physician’s contact information
• Emergency contact information
• Current medications with dosages

It is recommended you find a comfortable space to talk. Phone calls can take 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your medical history. On occasion, some patients might be asked to get additional tests, visit their primary care physician for additional evaluation, or be asked to come to the UPAC clinic to be seen in person. If you cannot honor the scheduled time, please contact UPAC directly to reschedule your appointment. The clinic’s main number is 305-243-2196.

Next Steps
Patients are sometimes asked to proceed after their UPAC visit for further preoperative evaluation at UMH or UMHC. Additional testing or consults may be required and we try to facilitate the scheduling of all arrangements on the same day if possible. Additional tests may include blood or urine testing, cardiac stress testing, chest x-ray, or ultrasound. Consults may be needed from Cardiology, Hematology, and other specialties.
After your pre-surgical evaluation has been completed, your surgeon will receive a copy of our recommendations. You will also receive a call from one of our nurses after 4 p.m. the day before surgery to go over details of your operative day and answer any questions you may have.