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Lipid Focused Trainees

Lipid Focused Trainees

The NLA offers many opportunities for in-training practitioners actively enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate training program which include topic areas for the treatment or investigation of lipid disorders and in pursuit of full credentialing in their specialized area of medical study. Including but not limited to, complimentary membership, educational offerings, print materials, online activities and travel grants.

A Successful Path for Trainees Focused on Lipidology
Step 1: Join the NLA as an Associate Member
Step 2: Complete the Fellows Self-Assessment Program
Step 3: Register to attend one of the Lipid Academy Courses and/or Masters in Lipidology Courses
Step 4: Complete the full version of the NLA Self-Assessment Program for CME/CE Credit
Step 5: Apply to the ABCL or ACCL to become certified in Lipidology
Step 6: Get more involved with the NLA, connect with a mentor and prosper in your career!

Associate Membership to NLA

Available to individuals who are actively enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate training program which include topic areas for the treatment or investigation of lipid disorders and in pursuit of full credentialing in their specialized area of medical study. A letter from the program director or the school registrar must accompany the application. Join Now Complimentary!

Mentoring Program

The NLA mentoring program was established to help develop the next generation of clinical, academic, and administrative leaders in the field of lipidology by pairing early career members with established members. We hope you will take the time to get involved in this new initiative. Click here to complete an application to participate in the mentoring program as either a mentor or mentee. 

Fellows Self-Assessment Program

The Fellows Self-Assessment Program is an abbreviated (100 question) version of the National Lipid Association Self-Assessment Program (NLA-SAP) and is complimentary to all Associate Members of the NLA. The NLA-SAP objectively validates and enhances your knowledge of clinical lipidology as well as challenges your problem-solving skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with dyslipidemia. This online program provides real-time feedback after each question, and includes detailed critiques of each item along with bibliographic references. This is a non-CME activity.

Education Opportunities


Associate Members of the NLA can complete the entire NLA-SAP at a reduced rate. The NLA-SAP was developed 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 modules in this program include:

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

The program contains over 500 questions and is available in a web-based format that provides real-time feedback after each question. It is also available as an app in iTunes and Google Play. Each module provides between 18 – 35 hours of CME/CE credit. Associate Members can purchase the entire program for $100.

Travel Grants Available

Associate Members may apply to receive a travel grant to the two-day Lipid Academy and may also attend the Clinical Lipid Updates or Annual Scientific Sessions for $75. This benefit is available not just to physicians, but to all healthcare professionals in-training who qualify for Associate Membership with the NLA. A completed registration form and a letter of verification from your program director is required. Limited space is available so act now! For more information, please contact Amanda East. Restrictions apply.

Lipid Academy Online

Lipid Academy Online is a user-friendly, tech-savvy adaptation of the NLA's live training course. This series of 7 interactive modules provides a comprehensive indoctrination to lipid science and essential information for the systematic management of dyslipidemia and the metabolic syndrome. The one-of-a-kind course covers the core competencies in Lipidology, while preparing you to work more effectively in clinical practice. Registration for Associate Members of the NLA is complimentary. Email Amanda East if you are interested in registering as a trainee.

ABCL/ACCL Certification

  • The American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) is an independent physician-certifying organization offering the highest benchmark of professional competency in Clinical Lipidology. To view details, click here
  • The Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL) is an independent certifying organization that has developed standards and an examination in the field of Clinical Lipidology for the growing number of health care professionals, primary care and paraprofessionals who are involved in lipid management. The ACCL offers two unique pathways to certification and competency assessment in Clinical Lipidology for health care professionals. For more information regarding the Clinical Lipid Specialist and Basic Competency in Clinical Lipidology certification, click here.

Get Involved with the NLA

The NLA offers opportunities to get involved. Click here to view more details.

Interactive Forums

  • The National Lipid Association Community is broad and diverse. The interactive features of our website provide a forum for members to become more involved with other users. Our innovative platform combines industry leading content and data with an active community of industry professionals providing their expertise.
  • As a member of the Community you will have access to a wide range of workplace articles, slide presentations, surveys and other research data involving lipid management. You'll stay up to date on the latest developments, and have an opportunity to participate in benchmarking activities!


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is responsible for the Accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States.

Accreditation is accomplished through a peer review process and is based upon established standards and guidelines. Explore here.


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