Congenital Cardiac Surgery Subspecialty

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Dates
10-year MOC application cycle opens Spring 2023

5-year MOC application cycle opens Summer 2023

Initial Certification Examination Dates
Congenital Part I (Written) Exam: December 4-8, 2023
Congenital Part II (Oral) Exam: June 8, 2023 in Dallas, TX (in-person)

Initial application period for ABTS Congenital Heart Surgery (CHS)
subspecialty certification will open May 16 to August 15, 2023

Refer to the CHS Initial Booklet of Information
for details regarding the application requirements.  

Pathway I

Congenital Certification
for Residents
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Maintaining Congenital
Subspecialty Certification
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Pathway II

Congenital Certification
for Practicing Surgeons
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of Certificates

Primary Thoracic and
Congenital Certification
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CHS News

2-year CHS
Residency Change - NEW
Beginning in 2023, all candidates for congenital cardiac surgery subspecialty certification will be required to complete 2 consecutive years of ACGME training in a single program and complete 150 major cases, with a minimum of 50 major cases in the first year of training. These requirements will be effective for congenital residents who started their training on or after July 1, 2023. Click here for more information.

Congenital Certification
Refer to Pathway I and Pathway II for Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty certification.
There is no alternate pathway for the Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty certification.

Leave of Absence Policy
Effective October 3, 2020, the ABTS adopted a Leave of Absence Policy that effects all congenital cardiac surgery residents, including those in 1-year or 2-year programs. To read more about the new policy, click here.

Synchronization of Certification Dates
The Board approved plans to synchronize the certificate dates of the congenital certificate with the primary thoracic surgery certificate. Read More

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