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Primary Certification Part II (Oral) Exams 
If you are planning to take the Part II (Oral) Exam on November 12, please be sure to test your equipment before exam day by doing the VidCruiter tech check at In case you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the VidCruiter’s 24/7 support team by clicking on the “Send us a message” at the bottom of their tech-check page. 

New Edition of SESATS Now Available: SESATS XIII (13)
Order SESATS 13 here.
The newest edition of SESATS, XIII, is now available. SESATS is a comprehensive online tool used to study and review the essential aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. This latest version features 400 brand new questions with instant access to the items, in-depth critiques, real-time abstracts, and linked references. Completion of this online activity permits one to claim up to 70 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits.

New Leave of Absence Policy for Residents
Effective October 3, 2020, the ABTS adopted a new Leave of Absence Policy that will affect all residents in both thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery residency programs. To read more about the new Leave of Absence Policy, Click here.

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: [email protected], for MOC questions for Primary Certification: [email protected] or [email protected], for Congenital Subspecialty Certification questions: [email protected], for all other questions and/or inquires: [email protected]

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2021 Upcoming Deadlines

  • MOC 10-year Exam
      Sept 1Oct 29
    MOC 5-year Applications Due   Oct 25
    MOC 5-year Late Applications Due   Oct 26  Nov 1
    MOC 5-year SESATS Due (Primary Cert.)   Feb 11, 2022
    MOC 5-year Congenital Applications Due   Sept 9 – Oct 25
    Primary Certification Part II (Oral) Exam for 2021 candidates   Nov 12 – 13
    Primary Certification Part I (Written) Exam   Dec 13  17
    Congenital Part I (Written) Exam   Dec 13  17
    2022 Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam   TBD, 2022