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Training and Initial Certification

2021 Exam Dates
Application:  May 17 - August 16
Oral Exam:  September 24-25
(June 2020 candidates)
Oral Exam:   November 12-13 (Dec 2020 and May 2021 candidates)
Written Exam:  December 13-17

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 ABTS will be using the 8th edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM staging system for the Part I(Written) Exam

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.