The Surgical Council on Resident Education is a nonprofit, noncommercial consortium formed in 2006 by the principal organizations involved in U.S. surgical education. SCORE's mission is to improve the education of residents (trainees) in general surgery and related specialties through the development of a national curriculum. This website, the SCORE Portal, was created to provide high-quality educational content in support of the SCORE Curriculum Outline to residents and residency programs. All portal content is developed by surgical educators in that area and reviewed by the SCORE Editorial Board.
SCORE's efforts are intended to define the specialty of general surgery and provide greater assurance that residents are receiving sufficient training in all areas. SCORE is focusing primarily on the five years of progressive education and training that constitute general surgery residency in the U.S., after medical school but prior to independent practice. More recently, SCORE is adding fellowship-level (post-residency) content for related specialties, such as pediatric surgery and vascular surgery, developed by faculty in those areas.
Content for this site is being developed in accordance with the six competencies required of a graduating resident: patient care; medical knowledge; professionalism; interpersonal and communication skills; practice-based learning; and systems-based practice. SCORE began its work with the patient care and medical knowledge components and is now addressing the other competencies.
For a summary of the steps to becoming a doctor in the U.S., see this article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The following organizations are members of SCORE. Representatives from these nonprofit surgical organizations meet regularly to guide SCORE's mission.
American Board of Surgery
The ABS was founded in 1937 to provide board certification in general surgery and related specialties. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. www.absurgery.org
American College of Surgeons
The ACS is a scientific and educational association founded in 1913 to improve the quality of surgical care. With more than 78,000 members, it is the largest surgical organization in the world. www.facs.org
American Surgical Association
The American Surgical Association was founded in 1880 to foster surgical science and scholarship and to provide a national forum for the sharing of surgical research. americansurgical.info
Association of Program Directors in Surgery
The APDS is the national association of directors of residency programs in general surgery and promotes collaboration and research in surgical education and training. www.apds.org
Association for Surgical Education
The ASE is an association of surgical educators that seeks to promote, recognize, and reward excellence, innovation and scholarship in surgical education. www.surgicaleducation.com
Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education
The RRC-Surgery of the ACGME establishes standards for the training of general surgery residents and the accreditation of general surgery residency programs in the U.S. www.acgme.org
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
SAGES is a worldwide organization that seeks to foster quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. www.sages.org