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Training and Initial Certification

2022 Exam Dates
Written Exam:  December 12-16

2023 Exam Dates
Oral Exam:  June 9-10
Written Exam:  December 4-8

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

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Alternate Pathway to Certification - NEW
The 2023 application process for the Alternate Pathway to Certification will be in Summer 2023.  The Alternate Pathway to Certification is for truly exceptional cardiothoracic surgeons who are International Medical Graduates.  To learn more about this pathway and the application process, 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

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.