5-year Milestone for 2018

Eligibility, Deadlines and Fees
The Board is now accepting applications for the 2018 5-year Milestone.  Eligible Diplomates include those who hold time-limited certificates ending in 2023. In addition, Diplomates whose certificates expires in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and life-time certificate holders who did not go through the process in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 or who did not successfully complete it, are eligible. After a submitted application has been approved, the next step if for the Diplomate to complete SESATS 12 by January 18, 2019 (see below for more details).

Applications are due between July 18 and September 17.  Late applications will be accepted from September 18 to October 1.  No applications will be accepted after October 1, 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 September 17 and October 1.  For Diplomates who did not complete their 5-year Milestone in their fifth year of their certification cycle, an additional $350/year fee is assessed. An administrative fee of $50 will be charged if the application contains errors or omissions. 

Application Process
This year, the application is online through the Board's new web portal. Diplomates will be able to access it starting July 18 through the portal by clicking the "Sign in" button on the top of this page.  If this is your first time signing into the portal, please contact the Board office to obtain your username and 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 5-year Milestone application can be accessed by clicking the Application Button that will appear on the left-side of your portal page on July 18. 

Clinically-Active Diplomates in the 5-year Milestone
Diplomates who are Clinically-Active (seeing thoracic surgery patients) can go through the 5-year MIlestone.  Before you starting 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. The name and a brief description of a Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) project performed in the last two years;
  6. The name of a Patient Safety Course taken in the last year; and
  7. 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

Clinically-Inactive Diplomates in the 5-year Milestone

Diplomates who are Clinically-Inactive (not seeing thoracic surgery patients) can go through the 5-year Milestone.  Clinically-Inactive Diplomates will need to submit the following information and/or documents with their application:

  1. Submit copies of all medical licenses (PDF format);
  2. Complete a Practice Profile;
  3. Provide an explanation describing what you are doing professionally; and
  4. 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.


All Diplomates in the 5-year MIlestone
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.  

Completing SESATS XII (12)
Once a Diplomate (Clinically Active or Inactive) has an approved 5-year Milestone application, the Board will send him/her by email instructions on how to obtain a free copy of SESATS XII (12).  SESATS 12 will need to be completed in its entirety by February 15.  It is not necessary for a Diplomate to purchase SESATS 12, since he/she will be given a copy of it as part of the 5-year Milestone process.