what do you make of the following?
"How do I rate with you as a surgeon?"
Is this the same as asking "How do you rate me as a surgeon?" ?
Does the fact that the inquirer puts himself first make "with" necessary?
means what it means, because it's the only way it makes sense, andHow do I rate you as a surgeon - What method should I use to determine how good of a surgeon you are?
"How do you rate me as a surgeon?" can never mean "What method would you use to determine how good of a surgeon I am?" ?