SCORE Curriculum Outline

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

The 2015-2016 SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery is now available, covering four ACGME competencies:

  • Spreadsheet version:  Excel   PDF
  • Booklet version:  PDF
  • Starting with this edition, Broad and Essential patient care topics have been renamed Core and Focused and Complex topics are now Advanced. These changes are intended to make the outline more intuitive and easier to use.
  • 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.

SCORE is a nonprofit consortium of U.S. surgical organizations, including the ABS, with the mission of improving the education of residents in general surgery and its related specialties. For more information about SCORE, see our About SCORE page or visit

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