Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

MOC Important Dates

10-year 2019 Milestone
Applications due March 1- May 1
Late Applications due May 2 - May 15
MOC Exam - September 3 to October 31

5-Year 2019 Milestone
Applications due July 1-September 3
Late Applications due September 4-16
SESATS 12 due January 17, 2020

  5-year Milestone

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Patient Safety

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MOC Overview

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10-year Milestone

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Practice Quality  
Improvement Project

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MOC Policies

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2018 5-year Milestone
The deadline for completing SESATS 12 has been extended to February 15, 2019.

CME Credit for MOC
Diplomates who successfully complete the 10-year MOC Milestone can earn 60 AMA PRA Category I CME credits from the American Medical Association (AMA). Information on how to apply for the CME credit can be found on the AMA's web site at

2019 MOC Booklet of Information
To learn about the MOC process in 2019, Click Here.
Critical Care

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery considers it inappropriate to exclude its Diplomates from credentialing for care of thoracic surgical patients in a critical care setting based on the Diplomate's training or board certification. Our Diplomates have been trained in critical care management of thoracic surgical patients and they have successfully completed both written and oral examinations, which cover the critical care aspects of the thoracic surgical patients.