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New ABTS Leadership

                                            

Joseph A. Dearani, MD           Michael J. Mack, MD           Cameron D. Wright, MD            Tom C. Nguyen, MD
Chair                                    Vice Chair                         Executive Director-elect                          Director

Board News

ABTS 75th Anniversary
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023.  The Board of Thoracic Surgery was founded on October 2, 1948 through a coordinated plan between the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.  In 1971, the Board of Thoracic Surgery became known as the American Board of Thoracic Surgery when it was recognized as a primary board by the American Board of Medical Specialties. 

Since its formation in 1948, the ABTS has issued almost 9,200 primary thoracic surgery certificates and over 250 congenital cardiac surgery certificates. The ABTS is sincerely grateful to the 160 Directors that have served on the Board along with countless Guest Examiners and Question Writers over the past 75 years.

New Certification Operative Pathway
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) has approved a new Cardiac Operative Pathway for certification for residents who start their training on or after July 1, 2022.  To learn more about the Cardiac Pathway Index Case Requirements, click HERE .

Part I (Written) Exam Blueprint Now Available
At the recent 2022 Fall Meeting of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Board of Directors decided to make the content outline of the Qualifying (Written) Examination for the primary Thoracic Surgery certificate available to candidates to prepare for this test. Click Here for the Blueprint.

Two-year Congenital Heart Surgery Residency Change
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.

 

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2023 Upcoming Deadlines


  •  Annual Dues    
     Annual Dues Deadline    March 6
     Thoracic Surgery Primary Certificate 10-year MOC     
    10-year MOC Application Available    March 1-April 21 
    10-year MOC Late Application Period    April 22-May 5
    10-year MOC Exam    August 31-October 27
    Congenital Surgery Subspecialty Certificate 10-year MOC     
    10-year MOC Application Available    March 1-April 21 
    10-year MOC Late Application Period    April 22-May 5
    10-year MOC Exam    August 31-October 27
    Thoracic Surgery Primary Certificate 5-year MOC    
    2022 5-year MOC: SESATS XIII Due    February 3, 2023
    2023 5-year MOC Application Available    May 30 - July 16, 2023
    2023 5-year MOC Late Application Period    July 17 - July 31, 2023
    2023 5-year MOC: SESATS XIII Due    December 4, 2023
    Congenital Surgery Subspecialty Certificate 5-year MOC    
    2023 5-year MOC Application Available    May 30 - July 16, 2023
    2023 5-year MOC Late Application Period    July 17 - July 31, 2023
    Primary Initial Certification    
    Part II (Oral) Exam Registration   Early February
    Part II (Oral) Exam in Dallas, TX (in-person)   June 9-10 
    Application Available   June 19-August 15, 2023
    Part I (Written) Exam   December 4-8, 2023
    Congenital Surgery Subspecialty Certification   
    Part II (Oral) Exam Registration   Mid-February
    Part II (Oral) Exam in Dallas, TX (in-person)   June 8
    Application Available   June 19-August 15, 2023
    Part I (Written) Exam   December 4-8, 2023
    Alternate Pathway  
    Application Available   June 19-August 15, 2023
    Part I (Written) Exam   December 4-8, 2023