Training and Initial Certification
2023 Written Exam - Key Features Pilot
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ABTS Oral Exam Orientation Video for Candidates
Candidates for both the Primary and Congenital Oral Examinations are encourage to view an Orientation Video by Dr. Stephen C. Yang, the ABTS Examination Chair, before taking the certifying exam.
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 .
Alternate Pathway to Certification
The 2023 application process for the Alternate Pathway to Certification is closed. 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.
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.
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