Dr. Rowland,

Thank you very much for putting together a course that was instrumental in passing the General Surgery BOARDS. Not only was the course very helpful, but it allowed me to make connections that were instrumental in preparing to retake the exam. 

I will make sure to promote your course to everyone. Again, thank you, and please thank all those individuals whom graciously volunteered their time to help me succeed.

Lastly, I would be very interested in contributing to the education of others whom will take the course in the future; if you need any faculty please keep me in mind."



Board certified general surgeon!!!! 

I passed!!  Many thanks to you and your faculty for a wonderful program.  I will never forget how caring everyone was. 

Great course!


Hello Dr. Rowland:


I wanted to let you know I passed :) I don't think I would have, without your help. Thank you for everything. It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulder. 

The material you taught was spot on.

Thank You Again,


Dear Pam,

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to join you in Vermont last week. I believe the course will be instrumental in me passing the oral boards.I set up a Skype group...which will allow up to 10 people to be on video call at once. 

I also wanted to let you know what a special bonding experience the course was for the 10 of us. I have received several texts from other participants expressing sentiments such as, "I missed hanging out with you guys," "it seemed weird not to see you this morning," "we had a great mental health support group didn't we?" There is something about despair (over our failures) that brings people together and I'd like to think that I will remain in contact with the participants long after we all pass. Thank you for providing that.


Thank you for your effort and support. Now that I got over the shock, disappointment...; now I'm ready to continue to improve and face the test like no other this coming May. 

Looking forward to sending good news then. 

Thank you...


...May 2014... I passed! – thank you so much!



Hi Pam,

I wanted to give you the good news that I passed the Oral Boards.  I know that we did not see eye to eye about some things, but I did learn a lot about myself by taking your course and it helped me a great deal.  I'm sure I would have failed if I had not come to Santa Barbara and postponed my exam. Please pass on my gratitude to the other instructors as well. 

Thank you,


Thanks for your email. Yes I have been practising. And as you suggested, I am doing some private sessions for accent reduction/annunciation improvement with an English professor.


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