2017 ABTS Part I (Written) Exam

The 2017 ABTS Part I (Written) Exam is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017. The exam will be given at Pearson Testing Centers. Candidates who are eligible for the examination will soon receive a letter providing instructions on how to pay for the exam and to register for a Testing Center.  If you do not receive the letter by October 15, please contact Manoli Valencia by phone at 312-414-0515 or by email at

2017 5-year Milestone for MOC

The application process for the 5-year MOC Milestone has officially closed.  No applications will be accepted after the October 2, 2017 deadline.

Applications are being reviewed at this time.  If there are any questions regarding your application, the Board will send communication via email.

If your application is approved, you will receive an email in November providing you instructions on how to obtain SESATS XII (12).

SESATS XII (12) must be completed by January 19, 2018. All sections of SESATS XII (12), including adult cardiac, congenital cardiac, general thoracic and critical care, must be completed by the deadline.

2017 10-year Milestone for MOC

The Board sent to all eligible Diplomates an email with the link to access the online 2017 10-year MOC exam.  In addition, the Board sent letters to eligible Diplomates regarding the 2017 10-year MOC exam.

This year the 2017 10-year MOC Exam is not a timed exam. The exam can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The examinees have unlimited times to enter and exit the exam. The exam is based on the specialty selected on the application. The 2017 10-year MOC exam must be completed by midnight of October 31, 2017. 

The 2017 10-year MOC Exam results will be issued in December and new certificates will mailed in March of 2018.

Annual Dues

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The American Board of Thoracic Surgery is aware that some of our Diplomates have been receiving letters from the American Board of Cardiac Surgery to purchase a Laureate for Excellence designation. Please note that the ABTS has no relationship with the American Board of Cardiac Surgery.  

Congenital Cardiac Surgery MOC Announcement

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) has voted to streamline the Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) process for holders of subspecialty certificates in congenital cardiac surgery by synchronizing the certification dates with your primary ABTS certification.  In the future, renewing your primary certification will also renew your congenital cardiac subspecialty certification, and both certificates will be valid through the same date.  Letters are being mailed to each CHS certificate holder outlining the process.  For further information, please refer to the 2017 CHS MOC Booklet of Information available after January 1 on the web site,, or contact Sarah Dunlap at the ABTS office, by phone at 312-414-0512 or by email at  

Booklets of Information

The Board now only publishes electronic copies of its Booklets of Information, which are updated annually. Click on one of the following 2017 Booklets:


Maintenance of Certification

CHS Booklet of Information

CHS MOC Booklet of Information 


New Case Requirements

New Operative Index Case Requirements

The ABTS recently approved new Operative Index Case Requirements that affect all Residents, including those in Traditional, Integrated and Joint (4/3) Training Programs. The Board also approved new Operative Index Case Requirements for the Junior Years (PGY 1-3) of Integrated Residencies.  The new requirements go into effect on July 1, 2017.  Click Here to read more about the requirements.

MOC Requirements by Certificate Year

Below are the MOC requirements based on the valid through date of the ABTS certificate.












New Oral Exam Video

The Board is pleased to provide a new video that explains the format of the Part II (Oral) Exam.   The video describes the Oral Exam process and provides tips to candidates on how to do their best on the exam.  The Board encourages all candidates of the Oral Exam to view the video before their exam date.  To view the video, Click Here.

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