||Update on Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Not for Credit)
||*Yolanda L. Colson, Brigham and Women's Hospital
*Cameron D. Wright, Massachusetts General Hospital
This session will feature presentations and discussion focusing on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for the ABTS. Importantly MOC Part 3 and Part 4 have changed for this year and will be extensively discussed. MOC Part 3 used to be a secure exam administered at a Pearson Testing Center. This is no longer the case. The current method is taking a SESATS type exam, which is tailored to the cardiothoracic surgeon's specific practice profile and is now administered at your home or office over a secure web connection. This process will be thoroughly discussed. MOC Part 4 used to involve participation in a national database, but has now involved into a Quality Improvement Project of the surgeon's choice. All cardiothoracic surgeons are welcome in these sessions, but those approaching their 5th or 10th year of the ABTS MOC cycle will find this session particularly valuable. Adequate time will be allowed for discussion as there are often multiple areas cardiothoracic surgeons want to explore with regards to the MOC process with Board Directors.