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Curriculum Outline

Curriculum Outline for General Surgery  Updated!

The SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery is a list of patient care and medical knowledge topics to be covered in a five-year general surgery residency training program. Originally published in 2008, the outline is updated annually.

The spreadsheet version of the 2015-2016 SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery is now available, with direct links to modules covering four ACGME competencies:

  Spreadsheet version: Excel PDF
  Booklet version: Coming soon!

Starting with this edition, Broad and Essential topics will be renamed Core and Focused and Complex topics will be renamed Advanced. These changes are intended to make the outline more intuitive and easier to use.

Copies of the booklet version of the outline will be sent to programs in July. Note that the topics listed in the outline may not directly match those currently on the SCORE Portal—the outline is forward-looking, reflecting the latest updates.


This Week in SCORE (TWIS)

SCORE is pleased to present This Week in SCORE® (TWIS) to assist general surgery residents and training programs in navigating the SCORE Portal’s content. TWIS is a sequence of suggested topics over a 2-year cycle.

Each week a new topic is featured, along with associated modules. See below for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 topic schedules. In response to user feedback, the 2015-2016 schedule has module level and PGY level indicated.

2014-2015 2015-2016
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TWIS may be used by programs for didactic conference planning or by residents to create self-study plans. There are also 4 weeks "off" per year, to allow time for catching up or individual review.

Starting this August, TWIS will be integrated into the SCORE Portal, with a fresh 10-question quiz on the week's topic. Residents and programs will be able to track performance on the quizzes, including on individual quiz questions. SCORE eventually plans for TWIS to be "modular," permitting programs to create their own custom schedules


American Board of Surgery
Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum

The American Board of Surgery has announced a new requirement for certification in general surgery. The ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum will be required of certification applicants who complete 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.

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