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National Lipid Association Self-Assessment Program

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The National Lipid Association (NLA) developed the National Lipid Association Self-Assessment Program (NLA-SAP) to provide a critical assessment of your knowledge and to guide you in the selection of additional training courses as well as prepare you for certification in clinical lipidology. The NLA-SAP works to objectively validate and enhance your clinical knowledge of the core curriculum in clinical lipidology as well as challenge your problem-solving skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with dyslipidemia.

Volume 1: The Science of Lipidology: Lipid Metabolism, Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis and Genetic Disorders
Volume 2: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Stratification: Identification of Risk Factors and Management of Patients at Risk
Volume 3: Contemporary Management of Dyslipidemia: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change
Volume 4: Contemporary Management of Dyslipidemia: Pharmacologic Therapy
Volume 5: Consultative Issues in Clinical Lipidology

Program Format

Print Version: Receive your question book(s) in the mail, work through questions and submit score sheet. Receive score report and corresponding critique book(s) in mail with detailed explanations for each answer along with bibliographic references.

Online Version: Get real-time feedback after each question. Detailed critique of each item along with bibliographic references. Includes access to mobile applications designed for iPad and Android devices.

Tablet Versions: Convenient tablet apps for iPad™ and Android™ allow you to take the NLA-SAP with you, wherever there is an internet connection. Best of all, you can move seamlessly back and forth between our desktop web browser version and the tablet version.

Download from the App Store Download from the GooglePlay Store

ABIM Maintenance of Certification

The NLA-SAP has been approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for self-evaluation points towards ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. As part of this program, physicians must earn 100 points every five years, and 20 of these points must come from participating in a medical knowledge program. The 5-volume NLA-SAP was approved for 174 MOC points. More information on how to submit this program for points coming soon.

The NLA-SAP must be purchased from this website (click on “Order Now” icon above). Once you have purchased the program, you can download the NLA-SAP app from Google Play (android devices) or iTunes (Apple devices). In order to access the program on your tablet, you will be prompted to sign-in on your device with your NLA user name and password.

Resource Page
Participants receive access to the NLA-SAP resource page at www.lipid.org/mynlasap. A variety of tools, including a subject index, suggested reading and more are available to support your learning experience.

Program Cost
The NLA-SAP may be purchased individually by print volume or online module. NLA members and non-members receive a $100 discount for purchasing the entire set at once. Shipping and handling is included in the purchase price.

Volume/Module NLA Member Non-Member
1 $125 $175
2 $125 $175
3 $125 $175
4 $125 $175
5 $125 $175
SET $525 $775

How it Works

1. Assess your knowledge
The Assessment Component consists of questions or an incomplete statement followed by four or five lettered options. Your task is to select the one best lettered option that answers each question item. The questions will objectively validate your relevant clinical knowledge and assess your ability to accurately diagnose and manage patients with complex lipid disorders.

2. Complete the answer sheet
Submit your completed answer sheet to the NLA for scoring (print version). The NLA will score your answer sheet within two weeks and provide you with the Educational Critique Component of the program. Participants of the online activities will receive immediate feedback and scoring.

3. Get your score report
Print Version: Your mailed personalized score report will provide a detailed analysis of your performance, including your total score, your answers for each question and the correct answer for those scored incorrectly.

Online Version: You may access your score report by visiting www.lipid.org/mynlasap. Once logged in, you may re-access the NLA-SAP you need your score report for. Once at the selected program’s course page, select the “Performance” section of your right tool bar, then “Program Scores.” You will be able to view both your program scores and mastery reports here.

4. Review the Educational Critiques
The Critique Book contains detailed explanations for the correct and incorrect answers for each question based on the most current, peer-reviewed published information to immediately help you to strengthen the weak areas identified in the report and reinforce positive areas of knowledge and understanding. Once you have read the critiques, the bibliographic references should be utilized to study any questions you answered incorrectly.

5. Request CME/CE Credit
After you have completed the Assessment and Critique components of the program, you can evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program and claim CME/CE credit. You will receive a Certificate of Participation and CME/CE credit for the hours claimed. The credit hours earned by your participation in this program meet the credentialing and certification standards established by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) and the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL). This program is also approved for Maintenance of Certification points by the ABCL. If you have any questions about the program, contact the NLA at cme@lipid.org.

Program Endorsements

American Board of Clinical Lipidology
The American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) currently offers physicians the opportunity for certification and appropriate recognition of advanced training and experience managing patients with lipid disorders. The application and certifying process for physicians can be found at www.lipidboard.org.

Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology
The Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL) is an independent certifying organization that has developed standards and examinations in the field of lipidology for the growing number of allied health, primary care, and paraprofessionals who are involved in lipid management. Applications and certifying processes for the ACCL's exams can be found at www.lipidspecialist.org.



   Endorsed by the PCNA





The NLA would like to thank the following people for serving as focus testers for this program:

Randal White, MD
San Antonio, TX
Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Lipidology

Donald Lamprecht, PharmD, CLS
Aurora, CO
Diplomate, Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology

Casey Elkins, DNP, NP-C, CLS
Pascagoula, MS
Diplomate, Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology


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