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Training and Initial Certification

2021 Exam Dates
 
Oral Exam:   November 12-13 (Dec 2020 and May 2021 candidates)
Written Exam:  December 13-17


Board Eligible
 
The Board will recognize an individual as being "Board Eligible" when he/she has an approved application on file with the Board.

5-Year Pass Rate
 
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Pathways to
Certification

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Operative
Requirements

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Exam Dates
and Fees

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Residency
Requirements

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Examination
Sequence

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Certification
Policies

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News

Alternate Pathway to Certification - NEW
On March 5, 2021, the ABTS adopted an Alternate Pathway to Certification for truly exceptional cardiothoracic surgeons who are International Medical Graduates. To read more about the new policy, CLICK HERE.

Leave of Absence Policy - NEW

Effective October 3, 2020, the ABTS adopted a new Leave of Absence Policy that effects all thoracic surgery residents, include those in 2-year, 3-year, 6-year and 4/3 training programs. To read more about the new policy, CLICK HERE.

Part I (Written) Exam
The ABTS will be using the 8th edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM staging system for the Part I(Written) Exam

SESATS
The Board does NOT consider SESATS a primary reference guide for the Part I (Written) Examinations.  The Board encourages candidates to consider preparing for the Written Exam by using more formal reference materials, such as cardiothoracic textbooks, journals, and courses. The Board uses SESATS as a basis for its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam.

Pearson Testing Center
To learn more about the test taking experience at Pearson Testing Centers, please Click Here.