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10-year MOC Applications
The Board is now accepting applications for the 10-year Milestone for Maintenance of Certification from April 12 to June 15, 2018.  Late applications will be accepted from June 16 to June 29. Click Here to read more about the process. 

ABTS Web Portal
The Board's new web portal is now available.  ABTS Diplomates can now access the portal by clicking on the "Sign in" button at the top of this page.  Diplomates will need to enter their User Name and Password.  If this is the first time using the new web portal, Diplomates should click on the "Forgot Password" or "Forgot User Name" and follow the instructions from there.  Access to the web portal requires having a valid email address on file with the Board.  Diplomates can use the new web portal to apply for MOC, change their address, pay the annual fees and much more.  Contact the Board if you have any problems accessing the web portal at

Board Office Move
The Board's new address will be 633 North St. Clair Street, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60611.  Our telephone numbers will remain the same.

Letter from the American Board of Cardiac Surgery

It has come to the attention of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) that an organization with a similar title, the American Board of Cardiac Surgery, has been soliciting our Diplomates regarding certification and/or designation as a Fellow.  Please note that the ABTS has no relationship with this organization.  We would encourage our Diplomates to do their due diligence and research the organization before become involved with them.


The Board is pleased to announce the release of SESATS 12.  Similar to previous versions, SESATS 12 contains 400 questions, critiques, and references covering the thoracic surgery specialty, including General Thoracic, Adult Cardiac, Congenital Cardiac and Critical Care.  SESATS 12 is web-based and is compatible on multiple platforms. To purchase SESATS 12, Click Here .

2018 Upcoming Deadlines

  • 10-year MOC Application Period   April 12-June 15, 2018
    Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam   June 7, 2018
    Part II (Oral) Exam   June 8-9, 2018
    10-year MOC Application Late Period   June 16-29, 2018
    Congenital MOC Application   August 5, 2018
    Congenital Certification Application   August 15, 2018
    Certification Applications Due   September 15, 2018
    MOC Exam   Sept. 4 - Oct. 31, 2018
    Congenital 10-year MOC Exam   Sept. 4 - Oct. 31, 2018
    Congenital Written Exam   November 19, 2018
    Part I (Written) Exam   December 3, 2018