News & Events

2018 Integrated Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule
September 15, 2017: Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
November 30, 2017: Applicant Standard Registration Deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET
January 15, 2018: Ranking Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
February 21, 2018: Rank Order List/Application Registration Deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET
March 16, 2018: Match Data at 12:00 p.m. ET

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2018 Traditional Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule for 2019 Appointment Year
Thoracic Surgery participates in a combined match with Vascular Surgery
January 24, 2018: Match Opens
March 21, 2018: Ranking Opens
April 18, 2018: Quota Change Deadline
May 2, 2018: Rank Order List Deadline
May 16, 2018: Match Day

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TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Match

2018 Match Schedule for 2019 Appointment Year*

June 25, 2018: Match opens
July 31, 2018: Candidate application, signed and dated agreement, registration fee, and letters of recommendation due
August 7-31, 2018: Program directors schedule interviews
August 7-October 31, 2018: Applicant interviews
October 1, 2018: Institution withdrawal deadline
October 31, 2018: Applicant withdrawal deadline
October 31, 2018: Rank lists due from applicants and program directors
November 19, 2018: Match day
July 1 – September 1, 2019: Approximate start of congenital cardiac surgery fellowship training programs

2019 In-Training Exam
March 16, 2019
March 23, 2019 (backup date)

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.