News & Events

2017 Integrated Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule
September 15, 2016: Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
November 30, 2016: Applicant Early Registration Deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET
January 15, 2017: Ranking Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
February 22, 2017: Rank Order List/Application Registration Deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET
March 17, 2017: Match Data at 12:00 p.m. ET

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2017 Traditional Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule for 2018 Appointment Year
February 1, 2017: Match Opens
March 22, 2017: Ranking Opens
April 19, 2017: Quota Change Deadline
May 3, 2017: Rank Order List Deadline
May 17, 2017: Match Day

The 2017 Match for the 2018 appointment year has been combined with Vascular Surgery.

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TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Match

TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Match Schedule 2017 Match for 2018 Appointment Year*

June 26, 2017: Match opens
July 31, 2017: Candidate application, signed and dated agreement, registration fee, and letters of recommendation due
August 7-31, 2017: Program directors schedule interviews
August 7-October 6, 2017: Applicant interviews
October 2, 2017: Institution withdrawal deadline
October 31, 2017: Applicant withdrawal deadline
October 31, 2017: Rank lists due from applicants and program directors
November 20, 2017: Match day
July 1 – September 1, 2018: Approximate start of congenital cardiac surgery fellowship training programs

2018 TSDA In-Training Exam
(for cardiothoracic surgery residents)
March 10, 2018
March 17, 2018 (back up date)

2018 TSDA Congenital In-Training Exam
(for congenital cardiac surgery fellows)
March 17, 2018

Why You Should Become a Cardiothoracic Surgeon

ABTS Video Explains Part II (Oral) Exam
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery created a video that explains the format of the Part II (Oral) Exam. The video describes the Oral Exam process and provides tips to candidates on how to do their best on the exam. The Board encourages all candidates of the Oral Exam to view the video before their exam date. Please visit to access this important video.

Fighting Fatigue: A Guide for Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents
Now Available
Cardiothoracic surgery residency Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and residents are encouraged to download this free resource designed to provide useful advice to residents working late at night and extended hours.

Operative Case Log Update
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) and Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee (RRC) would like to provide instructions about the transition of cardiothoracic case logs from CTSNet to the ACGME case log system.