5-year Milestone for 2020


Eligibility for the 2020 5-year MOC 

The Board will accept MOC applications for the 2020 5-year MOC between July 1, 2020 and September 11, 2020. Eligible Diplomates include those who hold a time-limited certificates ending in 2025. In addition, Diplomates whose certificates expires in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 who did not go through the process in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 or who did not successfully complete it, are eligible. After the submitted application has been approved, the next step for the Diplomate is to complete SESATS 13 by January 15, 2021.

Applications will be accepted between July 1 and October 23, 2020.  Late applications will be accepted between October 10-23, 2020.  No applications will be accepted after October 23, 2020.  There is a $500 Application Fee paid after the application has been submitted. There will also be an additional $350 Late Application Fee assessed for those submitted between October 10  and October 23.  For Diplomates who did not complete their 5-year MOC 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. 

Completing SESATS XIII (13) for the 2020 5-year MOC process
Once a Diplomate (Clinically Active or Inactive) has an approved 5-year MOC application, the Board will send him/her by email instructions on how to obtain a free copy of SESATS XIII (13).  SESATS 13 will need to be completed in its entirety by January 15, 2021.  It is not necessary for a Diplomate to purchase SESATS 13 because he/she will be given a copy as part of the 5-year MOC process.

Applications for the 2020 5-year MOC process
This year, the 5-year Maintenance of Certification (MOC) application is online through the Board's new web portal. Starting July 1, 2020, Diplomates are able to access the MOC application 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.  

If eligible, the 5-year MOC application can be accessed by clicking the Application Button that will appear on the left-side of your portal page.

Diplomates, who did not complete their 5-year MOC in their fifth (5th) year of their certification cycle, will be assessed an additional $350 late fee for each year they are late.

Deadline Dates for the 2020 5-Year MOC Application
Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2020 through October 23, 2020.  Late applications were accepted from October 10 through October 23, 2020.  Applications received after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 10 will be assessed a $350 late fee. No applications will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 23, 2020.

Clinically-Active Diplomates
Diplomates who are Clinically-Active (seeing thoracic surgery patients) can go through the 5-year MOC.  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) and National Practitioner Identifier Number;
  2. A letter of reference from your Chief of Staff, or VP of Medical Affairs or equivalent position.  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);
  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 two year; and
  7. A list of 150 AMA Category 1 CME hours since January 1, 2016, half (75 hours) of which need to be in the broad category of thoracic surgery

Clinically-Inactive Diplomates

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, 2016, half (75 hours) of which need to be in the broad category of thoracic surgery.

All Diplomates in the 2020 5-year MOC process
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.  Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with information on how to obtain a free copy of SESATS.