Congenital Cardiac Surgery Subspecialty

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Dates
10-year MOC Examination: August 31 to October 27

5-year MOC Application: June 19 - July 30
5-year MOC Late Application: July 31 - August 13

Initial Certification Examination Dates
Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam: June 8, 2023 in Dallas, TX (in-person)
The examination session will take place in the ABOG building, which
is 2828 Routh Street, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75201. 

Initial application period for ABTS Congenital Heart Surgery (CHS)
subspecialty certification will open June 19 to August 15, 2023

Congenital Part I (Written) Exam: December 4 - 8, 2023

Refer to the CHS Initial Booklet of Information
for details regarding the application requirements.  

Pathway I

Congenital Certification
for Residents
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Maintaining Congenital
Subspecialty Certification
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Pathway II

Congenital Certification
for Practicing Surgeons
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of Certificates

Primary Thoracic and
Congenital Certification
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CHS News

ABTS Oral Exam Orientation Video for Candidates
Candidates for both the Primary and Congenital Oral Examinations are encourage to view an Orientation Video by Dr. Stephen C. Yang, the ABTS Examination Chair, before coming to Dallas next week.

2-year Congenital Residency Program Change - NEW

Beginning in 2023, all candidates for congenital cardiac surgery subspecialty certification will be required to complete 2 consecutive years of ACGME training in a single program and complete 150 major cases, with a minimum of 50 major cases in the first year of training. These requirements will be effective for congenital residents who started their training on or after July 1, 2023. Click here  for more information.

Congenital Certification
Refer to Pathway I and Pathway II for Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty certification.
There is no alternate pathway for the Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty certification.

Leave of Absence Policy
Effective February 25, 2022, the ABTS revised its Leave of Absence Policy that effects all congenital cardiac surgery residents, including those in 1-year or 2-year programs. To read more about the new policy, click here.

Synchronization of Certification Dates
The Board approved plans to synchronize the certificate dates of the congenital certificate with the primary thoracic surgery certificate. Read More

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