The operative requirements of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery have two parts. One is concerned with the surgical intensity or volume of cases and the other with the distribution of cases (index cases). The application of a candidate whose operative experience does not meet the surgical volume and/or case distribution may be sent to the Credentials Committee for review.
Residents are expected to use the Operative Logs found on the ACGME's web site to track their cases during their training. If for some reason, a resident needs to provide additional case information to the Board, he/she should use the ABTS Tracking Form to manually track this information.