Part II (Oral) Examination 


Successful completion of the Part I (Written) exam is a requirement for admission to the Part II (Oral) examination.  The Oral Examination is designed to test the candidate's knowledge, judgment, and ability to correlate information in the management of clinical problems in all aspects of general thoracic and cardiac surgery (including congenital cardiac surgery).


The format of the 2021 Oral Examinations is as follows:

The Oral Examination will be administered twice in the Fall of 2021. Candidates who were eligible for June 2020 Oral Exam will be given the Oral Exam on September 24-25, 2021.  Registration for the September exam will be open in June 2021.  Candidates who became eligible for the Oral Exam by passing the December 2020 and May 2021 Written Exams will be administered the Oral Exam on November 12-13, 2021.  Registration for the November exam will be open in June 2021.

The 2021 Oral Exams will be administered virtually by video-conference, but the format of the exam rooms will remain the same as the in-person exam.  Candidates will have a 15-minute briefing, three 30-minutes exam sessions, and a 15-minute debriefing for a total of 2 hours.  Candidates will have three virtual exam rooms with two examiners in each room for a total of 6 examiners.  One room will have 4 cardiac protocols, one room will have 4 general thoracic protocols, and one room will be split (2 cardiac and 2 general thoracic protocols).   In order to pass the exam, candidates must receive a passing grade from the majority of cardiac examiners and from the majority of the general thoracic examiners.

Candidates can take the exam at your office or home, as long as you have access to a strong Internet connect and web camera.  The Board suggests that candidates take the exam in a location where you will not be interrupted.  Candidates will be expected to show identification and to conduct a room scan using their web camera.


At this time, Oral Exam results will be mailed to the candidate usually within two weeks to the address on file on the candidate's portal.  No results are given over the phone or posted on the Internet.

Below is a video for the in-person Oral Exam Orientation.  Some of the information may not apply for the 2021 virtual oral exam.  The content of the oral exam is still relevant.