SESATS 13 is no longer available for purchase.  It will sundown on March 2, 2024. 

All access to SESATS 13 will cease to exist on March 2, 2024.

SESATS 13 CME Sponsorship Information

Purpose and Learning Objectives:

SESATS XIII provides a comprehensive review of the disorders of the lung, chest wall, and mediastinum, of acquired and congenital heart disease and of issues in critical care. Completing SESATS XIII will assess your knowledge of the cardiothoracic specialty as it relates to the best available evidence in the field.

After completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Assess and improve your cognitive knowledge within cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • Discuss new innovations in the treatment of cardiac and thoracic diseases and integrate them into practice
  • Implement current standards of diagnosis and care for surgical cardiac and thoracic diseases

CME Information:

“Self-Education Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS)” is a comprehensive computer-based tool and examination intended to be used by physicians to study and review essential aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. Completion of the study process and examination is expected to require approximately 70 hours. You must successfully complete the entire SESATS activity to receive CME credit. You are required to report the actual time of participation in the activity. The computer program tracks your responses and time spent on review and completion of self-study sessions. This information, analyzed in the summary performance report, influences the CME hours that can be awarded.

To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant should:

  • Note the learning objectives
  • Study and work through all the questions
  • Complete the post-test evaluation and survey questions
  • Submit all final data electronically via the internet. You must be connected to the internet to upload your progress.

This activity will no longer be designated for credit after March 1, 2024.

A CME certificate will be sent via email within two weeks of receipt of records indicating completion of the entire SESATS activity.

For questions regarding CME credit or the evaluation, please call Penn State Continuing Education at (717) 531-6483 or email [email protected]. Please reference activity code G6474-20-T.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Penn State College of Medicine and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Original release date: May 27, 2020

Review/approval date: February 7, 2023

Expiration date: No credit will be given after March 1, 2024

Unapproved/Investigational Uses of Products

Faculty members are required to inform the audience when they are discussing off-label or unapproved uses of devices or drugs. Devices or drugs that are still undergoing clinical trials are identified as such and should not be portrayed as standard, accepted therapy. Please consult full prescribing information before using any product mentioned in this activity. If using products in an investigational, off-label manner, it is the responsibility of the prescribing physician to monitor the medical literature to determine recommended dosages and uses of the drugs. Neither the publisher nor the providers promote the use of any agent outside of approved labeling.

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Penn State is committed to on-line privacy and confidentiality. This website is managed by Echo360, Meta Ingenuity, and/or the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS), and their printed privacy policy applies to this site. CME credit for "Self-Education Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery XIII (SESATS XIII)” is provided by Penn State College of Medicine. If you register for CME credit for this educational activity, Echo360, Meta Ingenuity and/or ABTS will forward relevant personally identifiable information to Penn State College of Medicine so that we can maintain records concerning credits we issue to you. We may share data concerning registrations, evaluations, and CME credit on request of our joint sponsor (American Board of Thoracic Surgery). Penn State College of Medicine may use the information you provide on this site to contact you about your CME credit or other examination feedback. For more information, contact [email protected].


The content of SESATS is prepared based on a review of multiple sources of information but is not exhaustive of the subject matter. Therefore, health-care professionals and other individuals should review and consider other publications and materials and not rely solely on the information contained in this material.

SESATS XIII was constructed by a panel of practicing surgeons, educators, and experts in tests and measurement. The statements expressed in this volume reflect the opinions of the authors and the consensus of the SESATS XIII committee, but not necessarily the opinions of Penn State College of Medicine.