2017 Certification Cycle

Applications for the 2017 Certification Cycle are no longer being accepted.  

5-year Milestone for MOC

The MOC 5-year 2017 Application is due on September 15, 2017.

Late applications are due from September 16 - October 2, 2017.

No applications will be accepted after October 2, 2017. The cost to submit an application is $500 (the link to make the payment is included on the application). An additional $350.00 late fee will be assessed for applications received September 16- October 2, 2017. 

10-year Milestone for MOC

An email with the link to access the online 10-year 2017 MOC exam and a letter was sent regarding the 10-year 2017 MOC exam. The 10-year 2017 MOC Exam results will be issued in December and new certificates will mailed in March of 2018.

The MOC exam is not a timed exam however, it must be completed by midnight of October 31, 2017. 

Annual Dues

Pay ABTS Annual Dues - CLICK HERE


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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