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2020 Part II (Oral) Examination
Registration for the Certification Part II (Oral) Examination as well as the Congenital Part II (Oral) Examination is now open for eligible Diplomates.

2019 Part I (Written) Exam Result Letters
Result letters for the 2019 Certification Part I (Written) Exam were mailed on January 24, 2020.  Result letters for the 2019 Congenital Part I (Written) Exam were mailed the week of February 3, 2020. As a reminder, no results will be provided over the phone. 

2019 5-Year MOC Process
The Board extended the deadline for the completion of SESATS 12 for Diplomates who are in the 2019 5-Year Primary Thoracic MOC process to Friday, February 14, 2020. No additional extension will be given after this date.

2019 10-Year MOC Process
The Board mailed result letters to Diplomates who took the 2019 10-Year MOC Exam on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Diplomates' portal pages have been updated with the current information. 

New Board of Directors
The ABTS is pleased to announce that Dr. S. Adil Husain (Salt Lake City, UT) and Ms. Cathy E. Minehan (Boston, MA) were elected to be Directors on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  Dr. Husain will serve on the Board for a six-year term and Ms. Minehan will serve as a Public Member for a two-year term. 

Similar to previous versions, SESATS 12 contains 400 questions, critiques, and references covering the thoracic surgery specialty, including General Thoracic, Adult Cardiac, Congenital Cardiac and Critical Care. SESATS 12 is web-based and is compatible on multiple platforms. To purchase SESATS 12, Click Here.

2020 Upcoming Deadlines

  • MOC 10-year Applications Due   March 2 – May 1, 2020
    MOC 10-year Late Applications Due   May 2 May 15, 2020
    MOC 10-year Exam   September 1 – October 30, 2020
    MOC 5-year Applications Due   July 1 – September 11, 2020
    MOC 5-year Late Applications Due   September 12 – 25, 2020
    MOC 5-year SESATS Due (Primary Cert.)   January 15, 2021
    Part II (Oral) Registration   February 3-March 2, 2020
    Certification Part II (Oral) Exam   June 5 – 6, 2020
    Certification Applications Due   June 22 – August 28, 2020
    Certification Part I (Written) Exam   December 7, 2020
    Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam   June 4, 2020
    Congenital Certification Applications Due   June 22 – August 28, 2020
    Congenital Part I (Written) Exam   December 7, 2020