Synchronization of Certificates

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) voted to streamline the Maintenance of CertificationĀ® (MOC) process for holders of subspecialty certificates in congenital cardiac surgery by synchronizing the certification dates with your primary ABTS certification. 

As you may know, the ABTS now provides a modular, educational, SESATS-type examination for fulfillment of the 10-year Milestone of MOC for your primary ABTS certificate.  On successful completion, you receive a new ABTS certificate valid for 10-year increments from your initial certification. 

The 5- and 10-year Milestone requirements for primary certification by the ABTS for congenital certificate holders include the congenital continuing medical education, case log and case summary elements now a part of congenital MOC.  These requirements are detailed in the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Maintenance of Certification Booklet of Information.

The requirements for congenital cardiac surgeons participating in the MOC process for their primary certification are now in effect. 

Please review the Congenital Cardiac Surgery MOC Booklet of Information for additional information.  Applications are available for the 5-year Milestone for CCS MOC.  The CCS MOC Booklet of Information and MOC applications are available during the transition to the certificate synchronization period.