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Curriculum Outline for General Surgery

The SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery is a list of topics to be covered in a five-year general surgery residency training program. The outline is updated annually. The 2017-2018 edition is now available.

The patient care topics in this outline are stratified into two levels:
Core – Diseases and procedures encountered in general surgery for which a graduate of training will possess significant knowledge and be able to provide comprehensive care, including procedural competency. 
Advanced – Diseases and procedures that are not consistently part of general surgery practice for which a graduate of training should have sufficient knowledge to make a diagnosis and provide initial management. In some instances, graduates will have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive care.

Curriculum Outline for Pediatric Surgery

The SCORE Curriculum Outline for Pediatric Surgery (pdf) was published in October 2017, and lists patient care topics to be covered in a two-year pediatric surgery training program.

Curriculum Outline for Vascular Surgery

The SCORE Curriculum Outline for Vascular Surgery (pdf), last updated in May 2016, lists patient care topics to be covered in a five-year integrated or two-year independent vascular surgery training program.

Note that topics listed in these outlines may not directly match modules currently on the SCORE Portal — the outlines are forward-looking, reflecting the latest updates.


American Board of Surgery Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum

The American Board of Surgery announced in March 2014 a new requirement for board certification in general surgery. Completion of the ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (pdf) will be required of certification applicants who graduate from residency in the 2017-2018 academic year or thereafter. The Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum contains links to SCORE modules and resources (see Appendices A and B), to assist residents in gaining the knowledge and skills to perform flexible endoscopy.