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Letter from the American Board of Cardiac Surgery

It has come to the attention of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) that an organization with a similar title, the American Board of Cardiac Surgery, has been soliciting our Diplomates regarding certification and/or designation as a Fellow.  Please note that the ABTS has no relationship with this organization.  We would encourage our Diplomates to do their due diligence and research the organization before become involved with them.


The Board is pleased to announce the release of SESATS 12.  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 .

SESATS 11 CME Credit Ending

As a reminder, CME credit for completing SESATS XI (11) can only be earned until December 31, 2017. You can still work on SESATS 11 after December 31, but you will not be able to earn CME credit. 

Professional Portfolio
The Board will be shutting down the Professional Portfolio on Friday, December 15, 2017.  The Board recommends that you save your operative logs and any other data that you entered on the Professional Portfolio. Access to the Professional Portfolio after this date will no longer be available.  Click Here for the Professional Portfolio.   

2018 Upcoming Deadlines

  • SESATS Due for 2017
    5-year MOC
        January 19, 2018
    Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam   June 7, 2018
    Part II (Oral) Exam   June 8-9, 2018
    Certification Applications Due   September 15, 2018
    Congenital Written Exam   November 19, 2018
    Part I (Written) Exam   December 3, 2018