The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) is a nonprofit, noncommercial consortium 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 in that area as well as reviewed by the SCORE Editorial Board. 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 complex general surgical oncology, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, and vascular surgery. The fellowship content is developed by expertise in those areas.
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.
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