Medical Evaluation Center
Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Medical Evaluation Center (MEC) ensures that patients are at their healthiest prior to surgery, and that their medical needs continue to be met for the duration of their hospitalization.
Our staff ensures that patients are in the best possible condition for surgery. Prior to a procedure, every patient is asked to complete a medical history form using Partners Patient Gateway. A registered nurse reviews each passport prior to surgery, and any concerns are addressed with the patient’s surgeon, primary care doctor, a member of the Department of Anesthesia, and occasionally the patient.
Patients are scheduled for a pre-procedure evaluation phone call with the MEC RN to review medical history, medications, allergies and review pre-op instructions. Some patients may have a scheduled visit to meet with a Nurse Practitioner and have further testing before surgery.
The MEC is also the home base of the team of physicians and nurse practitioners who provide inpatient care. This team collaborates with the surgeons to address all medical issues that arise following surgery. Additionally, they are on-call for emergency medical coverage 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Teaching and Research
The Medical Evaluation Center makes numerous contributions to the teaching activities of the Mass. Eye and Ear and of Harvard Medical School. The emphasis of the Center's teaching program is on the medical care of the surgical patient. Members of the MEC participate in formal teaching conferences with medical and nursing staff at Mass. Eye and Ear.
The MEC is located on the 11th floor of the main campus. To schedule an appointment please call 617-573-3720 and have the following information available: name, date of birth, procedure date and surgeon’s phone number.
Commonly Asked Questions
To be evaluated by Nursing and Anesthesia and receive pre-op instructions.
The scheduled pre-procedure evaluation call with the nurse will take up to 15 minutes. If you are asked to come in for the appointment, plan two hours for the appointment with the Nurse Practitioner.
Because your current state of health would put you at high risk for medical complications during your surgery while you are under an anesthetic.
You will receive medication instructions during scheduled phone call or visit.
You should contact your surgeon's office, who will inform you when you should arrive for surgery.
Meet Our Team
The MEC includes anesthesia physicians, physician-hospitalists, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative staff, who collaborate with your surgeon’s office. Heidi Koppelkam, MSN, RN, is the Nurse Director of the MEC and Clinical Education.