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New ABTS Leadership
Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Chair
Michael J. Mack, MD, Vice Chair
Cameron D. Wright, MD, Executive Director-elect
Tom C. Nguyen, MD, Director
ABTS 75th Anniversary
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023. The Board of Thoracic Surgery was founded on October 2, 1948 through a coordinated plan between the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. In 1971, the Board of Thoracic Surgery became known as the American Board of Thoracic Surgery when it was recognized as a primary board by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Since its formation in 1948, the ABTS has issued almost 9,200 primary thoracic surgery certificates and over 250 congenital cardiac surgery certificates. The ABTS is sincerely grateful to the 160 Directors that have served on the Board along with countless guest examiners and question writers over the past 75 years.
ABTS Supports the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program
The ABTS is partnering with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to support two candidates and/or early-career Diplomates with an excellent research grant opportunity. The ABMS Visiting Scholars ProgramTM facilitates research and leadership development through engagement with the ABMS and the broader certification community. To learn more about the research grants, CLICK HERE.
New Certification Operative Pathway
The ABTS has approved a new Cardiac Operative Pathway for certification for residents who start their training on or after July 1, 2022. To learn more about the Cardiac Pathway Index Case Requirements, click here.
Part I (Written) Exam Blueprint Now Available
At the recent 2022 ABTS fall meeting, the Board of Directors decided to make the content outline of the Qualifying (Written) Examination for the Primary Thoracic Surgery certificate available to candidates to prepare for the exam.
The most current version of SESATS is SESATS XIII (13), which is available for purchase. On March 1, 2023, the previous version of SESATS, SESATS XII (12), will no longer be supported. The ABTS encourages any current SESATS XII (12) users to finish this version before March 1, 2023.
Reminder: Diplomates and candidates are responsible for keeping
their mail and email addresses up-to-date on the ABTS portal.
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