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New Edition of SESATS Now Available: SESATS XIII (13)
Order SESATS 13 here.
The newest edition of SESATS, XIII, is now available. SESATS is a comprehensive online tool used to study and review the essential aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. This latest version features 400 brand new questions with instant access to the items, in-depth critiques, real-time abstracts, and linked references. Completion of this online activity permits one to claim up to 70 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits.

New Leave of Absence Policy for Residents
Effective October 3, 2020, the ABTS adopted a new Leave of Absence Policy that will affect all residents in both thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery residency programs. To read more about the new Leave of Absence Policy, Click here.

Board Office

Due to COVID-19, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery will be limiting the number of staff available. Until further notice, please be aware your call may take up to 48 hours to be returned. For a quicker response to your inquiries and/or questions, please send an email to the following email addresses: for SESATS questions: [email protected], for MOC questions for Primary Certification: [email protected] or [email protected], for Congenital Subspecialty Certification questions: [email protected], for all other ABTS questions and/or inquires: [email protected]

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2022 Upcoming Deadlines

    MOC 10-year Applications Due
      March 7May 6
    MOC 10-year Applications Late Submission
      May 716
    MOC 10-year Examination
      September 1October 28
    Congenital MOC 10-year Applications Due
      March 7May 6
    Congenital MOC 10-year Applications Late Period
      May 716
    MOC 5-year SESATS Due (Primary Cert.) for 2021   February 11
    MOC 5-year Applications Due   June 20August 19
    MOC 5-year Late Applications   August 20September 9
    Congenital MOC 5-year Applications Due   June 20September 9
    Congenital MOC 5-year Application Late Period   August 20September 9
    Primary Certification Applications Due   May 16August 1
    Primary Certification Part II (Oral) Exam - Virtual   June 1011
    Primary Certification Part I (Written) Exam   December 12
    Congenital Initial Certification Applications Due   May 16–August 1
    Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam - Virtual   May 2021
    Congenital Part I (Written) Exam   December 12