“Patients don’t have your CV in front of them, and appearance is all they have to go by,” Dr. Rowland said. “If you don’t meet their expectations, their anxiety level increases.”


A Guide for Surgeons

All too often, what is communicated either by word or action is not always translated accurately by the recipient. Communicating effectively with patients and colleagues takes thought and consideration. Communication & Professional Competencies is a well-balanced text of principles and practices for everyday interactions.


Protocol Standards for Reporting Video Data

in Academic Journals

Pamela A. Rowland, PhD, Romeo Ignacio Jr, MD, and Marc A.

de Moya, MD   2016


Variables that affect outcomes on high-stake examinations



  • PA Rowland, GA Grindlinger, N Maloney Patel, AA Alseidi, DS Lind. New Trends at 25 Years: An American Board of Surgery Academic Certifying Examination Review Course. Journal of Surgical Education. 2018

  • PA Rowland, TL Trus, NP Lang, HF Henriques, WP Reed, PJ Sadighi, JE Sutton, AA Alseidi, MJ Cahalane, J Gauvin, WE Pofahl, K Sartorelli, SB Goldin, AG Greenburg. The Certifying Examination of the American Board of Surgery:  The Effect of Improving Communication & Professional Competency:  Twenty-Year Results. Journal of Surgical Education 2012 Jan;69(1):118-25.


  • Rowland PA, Burchard KW, Sutton Jr. JE, Henriques FH, Porter MB, Alseidi AA, Capella J, Arensman MA.  Surgical Competencies:  Evaluating Critical Communications.  Cine-med.  2009 web based online competencies assessment program. https://cine-med/surgicalcompetencies/index


  • Burchard K. Henriques H, Walsh D, Rowland PA, Ludington D and Likosky D, “Is it Live or is it Memorex?  Student Oral Examinations and the use of Video for Additional Scoring.”  The American Journal of Surgery 193 (2007) 233-236.


  • Rehm C, Rowland PA “The Remedial Year in the General Surgery Board Certification Process.” Current Surgery November/December, 2005, 62(6), 644-649.


  • Burchard K, Rowland PA, Berman N, Hanissian P, Carney P. “Clerkship Enhancement of Interpersonal Skills.”  American Journal of Surgery, 2005, 189(6), 643-646.


  • Rowland PA,Coe NP, Burchard KW, Pricolo VE. “Factors Affecting the Professional Image of Physicians.” Current Surgery, March/April 2005, 62(2). 214-219.


  • Rowland PA, Coe N, Lang N, Greenburg G, Reed W, Spence R, Burchard K. “The effect of improving communication competency on the certifying examination of the American Board of Surgery.” The American Journal of Surgery, 2002, 183:655-658.


  • Andriole D, Jeff D. Rowland-Morin PA. "Communication Apprehension in the Third Year Clerkship." Academic Medicine,74(11):1256-7, 1999 Nov.


  • Lang N, Rowland-Morin, PA, Coe NP. "Identification of Communication Apprehension in Medical Students Starting a Surgery Rotation." American Journal of Surgery, July 1998, 176:41-45.


  • Barth RJ, Rowland PA, Mott LA, Burchard KW. "Communication Effectiveness Training Improves Surgical Resident Teaching Ability." Journal of American College of Surgery, 1997, 185:516-519.


  • Burchard KW, Rowland PA, Coe NP Garb J. "Inter rater Reliability in Oral Examinations." Journal of Academic Medicine, 1995, 70(11):91-93.


  • Coe NP, Rowland PA. “Comparative Evaluation of Educational Methods in Surgical Residency Training.” Archives of Surgery, 1995, 130:1022.


  • Rowland PAA. "Communication Skills: A Rationale for Surgeons." Focus on Surgical Education, Spring 1995, 12(2):15-18.


  • Coe NP, Rowland PA, Garb J. "Communication Skills in Oral Examinations: A Description of Techniques for Identifying and Modifying Poor Communication Skills." Current Surgery, Jan 1995, 52(1):42-46.