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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on ABTS case requirements and optional ABTS case requirements’ review
If you are a graduating resident with concerns about meeting the Board's operative case requirements due to COVID-19, please read the attached letter addressing this issue.

June 2020 Oral Exams Postponed

At the present time, it is unclear when the situation with COVID-19 will be resolved. Therefore, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) has made the decision to postpone the Part II (Oral) Primary Certification Examination which had previously been scheduled to be held on June 5-6, 2020. The Primary Certification Oral Exam is now tentatively rescheduled for October 16-17, 2020 in Chicago.

The Part II (Oral) Congenital Examination is now tentatively rescheduled for October 15, 2020 in Chicago.

As the situation with COVID-19 becomes clearer, the plans will be finalized. The ABTS will contact you at that time with more details and will re-open the registration process. Exam fees that were paid for the June Orals will transfer to the Oral Exam in the fall. If you would like a refund, please contact the Board at and one will be issued.  

Board Office
Due to COVID-19, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery will be limiting the number of staff available. Until further notice, please be aware your call may take up to 48 hours to be returned. For a quicker response to your inquiries and/or questions, please send an email to the following email addresses: for SESATS questions:, for MOC questions for Primary Certification: or, for Congenital Subspecialty Certification questions:, for all other questions and/or inquires:

2020 10-Year MOC Milestone

The 10-year MOC processes for thoracic surgery and congenital subspecialty started on Monday, March 9. To learn more about the process and requirements, click here for primary and click here for congenital subspecialty.
2020 Upcoming Deadlines

  • MOC 10-year Applications Due   March 9 – July 31, 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
    Certification Applications Due   June 22 – August 28, 2020
    Certification Part II (Oral) Exam   October 16 17, 2020 (tentative)
    Certification Part I (Written) Exam   December 7, 2020
    Congenital Certification Applications Due   June 22 – August 28, 2020
    Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam   October 15, 2020 (tentative)
    Congenital Part I (Written) Exam   December 7, 2020