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PREPARE is a website that uses videos and stories to teach people how to identify their values and goals for medical care and to make medical decisions. PREPARE also creates a Summary of My Wishes that can be shared with medical providers, family and friends.

PREPARE was designed with and for people from diverse backgrounds to be easy to use. It is available in English and Spanish, written at a 5th grade reading level, and includes voice-overs of all text and closed captioning of all videos.

Terms of use and copyright information.



PREPARE Author and Program Director

Rebecca Sudore, MD, FAAHPM, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Sudore is passionate about making medical information easier to understand, and helping people make informed medical decisions.

Expert Panel and Consultants

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Darren Dewalt, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC Division of General Internal Medicine, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Erin Henke, Prior Program Manager for the California Coalition for Compassionate Care, Currently at VSP Vision Care

Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, and San Francisco General Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Eric Widera, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics


Rebecca Sudore, MD
David Farrell, MPH
Debra Allen
Johnny Asbury, BS
Shya Castillo, BS
Mari Feuz, BS
Axel Herrera, BA
Ryan McMahan, BS
Stacy Osua, BS
Roberto Ramos, BS
Barry Schwenkmeyer
Gabriela Vanegas, BA
Michael Villaire, MSLM
Vivien Yadegar, BS


Video Production Company One: LIZMAR »

Team: Producer: Nancy White; Director: Mark Wright; Talent Coordinator: Lauri Clark; Director of Photography: John Butera; Lighting/Sound: Brad Seals, Gerald R. Neuman, Jr.; Gaffer/Teleprompter: Paciano Triunfo; Make-up: Lauri Clark; Production Assistants: Michael Jorgenson, Mariah Fraumeni; Stage: The Annex Studios; Post Production, Editing: Rene White Jr., Nancy White; Post Production, Compositing/Encoding: Nancy White

Video Production Company Two: Pass Left Productions

Actors: Sally Hogarty, Allen Duzak, Amelia Avila, Roque Gutierrez, Elaine Brovont, Micaela Castro, Carla Pauli, Michael Barnaba, Dorothy Endow, Bob Mah, Alex Hsu, Doug Leurey, Cynthia Gatlin, Jack Pollard

Application Development

Developer: People Designs, Inc. »

Team: David Farrell, Kay Michaels, Jetze Beers, Fang Jin, Jonathan Wall

Funding for PREPARE provided by:

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Family Foundation
The National Palliative Care Research Center
The Hellman Family Foundation
National Institute on Aging
American Cancer Society