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2017 10-year MOC Milestone

An email will be sent in June regarding the approval of the MOC applications.  

2017 5-year MOC Milestone

Letters for the 5-year 2017 MOC will be sent in July.


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.  

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.

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 312-202-5976 or by email at  

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  

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 

ABTS Personal Profile
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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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