We are not the best because we’re the oldest surgery review course, we’re the oldest because we’re the best!


September 16-21, 2015     Stowe, Vermont     registration open

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An effective surgeon in the new millennium must be competent in all aspects of clinical surgery, including communication skills. All surgeons need to be able to communicate information effectively to their peers, patients, families, faculty and examiners during oral examination process.

This very small, interactive course is designed to enhance the testing skills of surgeons preparing to take the Certifying Examination (CE) of the American Board of Surgery and impart effective communication skills to young surgeons.

Attendees are provided with exposure to the format and hotel environment of the oral examination, unlike any other review program.

The course features topic questions in the areas covered in the CE and provides individual feedback following one-on-one testing.

There are limited spaces for residents whom program directors believe would benefit from this type of training early in their careers. Reduced tuition for residents.

Course Director 2015


Enrollment is limited, interested participants are encouraged to register early. Tuition includes educational materials, refreshment breaks, and lunch on days II, III and IV.

2015 Fees: $3,600 for post-residency surgeons

Enrollment for these courses is limited (16 participants).

Early registration is encouraged since these small courses fill early.

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Course Policies & Additional Information

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Learning Objectives & Course Content

This program attempts to help each participant understand his/her strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:

    • Knowledge Base
    • Professional Image
    • Verbal & Non-verbal Communication Skills

An intense program with a high faculty/student ratio provides practical guidance for immediate achievement in each of these competencies. Our feedback from past participants has been outstanding and those who have followed our debriefing plans have enjoyed subsequent success on the Certifying Examination.

Upon acceptance into the course, participants will receive a detailed schedule, several pre-course assignments, and a communication skills inventory.

Throughout the course, participants will receive hard copy educational materials, including strategies for improved performance on the Certifying Examination, and a personal digital video of course exercises for review and self-critique.

Strategies for effectively managing stress and exam anxiety will also be available to participants.

Publications about course methods & success

  • Further Reading: 

Coe PW, Rowland PA, Burchard KW. Oral Examinations: A Survival Guide. In: Rowland PA, Lang NP, editors. Communication & Professionalism Competencies: A Guide for Surgeons. Woodbury,CT: Cine-med; 2007. p. 43-52.

Pricolo VE, Rowland PA. Professional Image: Professional Credibility. In: Rowland PA, Lang NP, editors. Communication & Professionalism Competencies: A Guide for Surgeons. CT: Cine-med; 2007. p. 131-150.


Senior faculty are selected on the basis of academic record and clinical skills, and are NOT compensated for their participation. See full list of faculty under Invited Rotating Faculty.


For additional information about the course, please contact:

Dr. Pamela Rowland

The meeting sponsors are not responsible for travel expenses or penalties under any circumstances.
Deadlines are strictly enforced.