10-year Milestone for 2018

Eligibility, Deadlines and Fees
The Board is now accepting applications for the 10-year Milestone for 2018.  Diplomates who are eligible for the 10-year Milestone have certificates ending in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  In addition, Diplomates who hold a life-time certificate are also eligile for the 10-year Milestone.

Applications are due between April 12 and June 15.  Late applications will be accepted from June 16 to June 29.  No applications will be accepted after June 29, 2018.  There is a $500 Application Fee paid at the time the application is submitted. There is also an additional $350 Late Application Fee assessed for those submitted between June 16 and June 29.

Application Process
This year, the application will be online through the Board's new web portal. Diplomates can access the portal by clicking the "Sign in" button on the top of this page.  If this is your first time signing into the portal, click the "Forgot Password" link, enter your email address on file with the Board, and follow the instructions to create a new password.  Once you are on your portal page, you should first update your contact information on the Profile Tab. You can also personalize your portal page by adding an optional photo.  

The 10-year Milestone application can be accessed by clicking the Application Button found on the left-side of your portal page.  Before you start the application process, it is highly recommended that you have the following documents on hand when you complete the application:

  1. Copies of all medical licenses (PDF format);
  2. A letter of reference from your Chief of Staff or equivalent position.  The Chief of Staff can use this Reference Template Form (Click Here) or he/she can write a letter on their own institutional letterhead provided there is a signature (PDF format);
  3. A letter of reference from a responsible member on staff.  This individual can use this Reference Template Form (Click Here) or he/she can write a letter on their own institutional letterhead provided there is a signature (PDF format);
  4. A practice profile;
  5. A summary of the last year of cases;
  6. The name and a brief description of a Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) project performed in the last two years;
  7. The name of a Patient Safety Course taken in the last year; and
  8. A list of 150 AMA Category 1 CME hours since January 1, 2014, half (75 hours) of which need to be in the broad category of thoracic surgery
.Diplomates who are Clinically-Inactive will be expected to submit the following documents with their application:
  1. Submit copies of all medical licenses (PDF format);
  2. Provide an explanation describing what you are doing professionally; and
  3. Earn 150 AMA Category 1 CME hours since January 1, 2014, half (75 hours) of which need to be in the broad category of thoracic surgery.

If selected for random audit, Diplomates will be expected to submit copies of the third-party CME certificates (PDF format).

A confirmation email will be sent to Diplomates when the application is submitted. Another email will be sent when the application has been approved.  

MOC Examination

Diplomates who are have an approved application will be expected to take and pass the MOC Exam, which will be offerred from September 4 to October 31.  The online examination,  which will test fundamental and practice-related knowledge, can be taken at your home or office as long as there is an Internet connection. Diplomates will be able to choose one of the following four modules that aligns with their practice: Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic, Cardiothoracic, and Congenital. The exam will be based on SESATS 11 and will consist of 100-multiple choice questions given in a similar format to SESATS.  Please note that although the MOC exam may be similar to SESATS, it will be graded.  Diplomates may take the exam starting in the eighth year but must pass it by their tenth year.  Additional instructions will be provided once your MOC application has been approved.