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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 American surgical education. SCORE's mission is to improve the education of trainees in general surgery and related specialties through the development and maintenance 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 trainees and their programs.

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 has added fellowship-level (post-residency) content for related specialties, such as pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, complex general 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.

Founding Organizations

American Board of Surgery

American College of Surgery

Association of Program Directors in Surgery

American Surgical Association


Association for Surgical Education

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the ACGME

Partner Organizations

Association of Program Directors in Surgery

Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society


Society of Surgical Oncology

Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors