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The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE®) is a nonprofit, noncommercial organization formed in 2004 by the principal organizations involved in U.S. surgical education. SCORE's mission is to improve the education of 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 as well as reviewed by the SCORE Editorial Boards. All content on The SCORE Portal is peer-reviewed.

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 focuses 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, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, and vascular surgery. The fellowship content is developed by experts in those areas. Other specialties are being added to the portal, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Content for this site is 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 now addresses 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.


Member Organizations

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.