News & Events

2020 In-Training Exam
March 14, 2020
March 21, 2020 (backup date)

2019 Integrated Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule
September 15, 2018: Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

November 30, 2018: Applicant Standard Registration Deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET
January 15, 2019: Ranking Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET
February 20, 2019: Rank Order List/Application Registration Deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET
March 15, 2019: Match Data at 12:00 p.m. ET

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2019 Traditional Thoracic Surgery Match Schedule for 2020 Appointment Year
Thoracic Surgery participates in a combined match with Vascular Surgery
January 23, 2019: Match Opens

March 20, 2019: Ranking Opens
April 17, 2019: Quota Change Deadline
May 1, 2019: Rank Order List Deadline
May 15, 2019: Match Day

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TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Match

2019 Match Schedule for 2020 Appointment Year*
June 24, 2019: Applicant registration opens on SF Match

July 24, 2019: Candidate application, signed and dated Rules and Regulations agreement, and letters of recommendation due
August 1 – September 30, 2019: Candidate interview period

October 1, 2019: Program withdrawal request deadline
November 7, 2019. 12:00 p.m. PST: Rank lists due from candidates and Program Directors
November 14, 2019: Match day November 15, 2019: Unfilled positions posted on SF Match site
July 1 – September 1, 2020: Approximate start of congenital cardiac surgery fellowship positions
July 1 – September 1, 2019: Approximate start of congenital cardiac surgery fellowship training programs

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.