2016 Application for Initial Certification

The 2016 Certification Application process is now CLOSED.  

Further information regarding the registration for the Part I (Written) Exam will be available soon. 

Please DO NOT call a Pearson Center, as they do not have any information regarding the exam.

If you have any questions, please call Manoli Valencia at 312-202-5975.

2016 Oral Exam Results Letters

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the ABTS mailed the Result Letters to candidates who took the Part II (Oral) Exam on June 10-11, 2016. The letters were mailed to the addresses the Board had on file at the time.  Any address changes that were submitted on the day of the examination that did not have a specific effective date were changed and your letter was sent to that address.

If you have not received your letter by Friday, July 1, 2016, please contact the Board at 312-202-5975.

2016 5-year Milestone

Please see/use this form Reference Form Template for the reference letters.

The 5-year Milestone Application for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is due September 15, 2016. Late applications are accepted from September 16 to September 30, 2016. 

No applications will be accepted after September 30th.  

Please click here for PQI and Patient Safety examples.


A coupon code for access to SESATS XI (11) will be sent via email in early October. 



2016 10-year Milestone

The MOC exam code was emailed on September 1, 2016. Please check your spam or junk folder if you do not see the email.  

Please click here for step by step instructions.


For technical support, please contact Software Secure at 1-855-436-2039.


August 1 Residency Start Date 

American Board of Surgery at the request of the Surgery program directors has moved the Surgery Qualifying Exam date to July (July 19, 2016 for 2016). This change was initiated to allow Surgery residents to remain in their training programs until the required June 30 end date for the majority of programs. Additionally, with the change in the Qualifying Exam date, trainees will have the opportunity to study and take the ABS Surgery Qualifying Exam before the start of their fellowship, to move to their new training city in a more leisurely fashion, to fully participate in orientation in their new hospital, and potentially to offset patient safety concerns that have been noted with transitions to new trainees during the month of July. Orthopedics has adopted and executed this policy for many years with favorable results for residents and programs. Multiple informal surveys of residents have been very positive regarding this change in fellowship start dates.  In response to this change, most postgraduate surgery fellowship start dates have been moved to August 1 (starting in 2016).

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery recognizes the potential value of this change by the American Board of Surgery for our residents and encourages thoracic surgery program directors to consider changing their program start dates to August 1. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery will therefore move the application deadline for the Qualifying Exam application to mid-September and the Qualifying Exam to December (starting in 2016). Before committing to this change multiple logistic considerations need to be decided at the local level and must include thoughtful discussion with the institutional Designated Institutional Official (DIO).  Consideration needs to be given to the resident's salary gap (from July 1 to August 1), healthcare coverage (typically COBRA coverage will cover a 1 month gap readily), and those residents that have a visa that requires continuous training as a prerequisite.



The American Board of Thoracic Surgery is very pleased to announce the release of SESATS XI (11).  SESATS XI (11) is an online web application available for immediate access upon purchase.  This latest version comes with all exam materials, permitting instant access to questions, critiques, abstracts and references, plus hundreds of digital images and movies. SESATS XI (11) also lets you link to sites on the World Wide Web for easy research. SESATS XI (11) is available at  

2016 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 2016 Booklets:


Maintenance of Certification

CHS Booklet of Information

CHS MOC Booklet of Information



ABTS Personal Profile
& MOC and Resident Application Login Only
The Professional Portfolio and Resident OpLogs can be found on the left navigational bar.
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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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