Training and Initial Certification

2020 Exam Dates
Oral Exam: To be determined
Application: June 22 - August 28, 2020
Written Exam: December 7-18, 2020
Board Eligible
The Board will recognize an individual as being "Board Eligible" when he/she has an approved application on file with the Board.

5-Year Pass Rate
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Leave of Absence Policy - NEW
Effective October 3, 2020, the ABTS adopted a new Leave of Absence Policy that effects all thoracic surgery residents, include those in 2-year, 3-year, 6-year and 4/3 training programs. To read more about the new policy, CLICK HERE.

Part I (Written) Exam
The Part I (Written) Examination will be on December 7-18, 2020. The ABTS will be using the 8th edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM staging system.

The Board does NOT consider SESATS a primary reference guide for the Part I (Written) Examinations.  The Board encourages candidates to consider preparing for the Written Exam by using more formal reference materials, such as cardiothoracic textbooks, journals, and courses. The Board uses SESATS as a basis for its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam.

Pearson Testing Center
To learn more about the test taking experience at Pearson Testing Centers, please Click Here.