Lipid Focused Trainees

Lipid Focused Trainees

The NLA offers many opportunities for in-training practitioners actively enrolled in a graduate, postgraduate or other relevant training program which includes 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: Request to be paired with a mentor in the NLA Mentoring Program.

Step 3: Take advantage of NLA educational programs including: Lipid Academy, NLA Self-Assessment Program, and the Masters in Lipidology Course.

Step 4: Get more involved with the NLA by volunteering for a committee, submitting and abstract, or participating in regional events.

Step 5: Become certified in Lipidology through the American Board of Clinical Lipidolgy or the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.

Associate (Trainee) Membership to NLA

Available to individuals who are actively enrolled in a graduate, postgraduate or other relevant training program which includes 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.

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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.

Mentorship Page

Education Opportunities

The NLA hosts Clinical Lipid Updates and Scientific Sessions each year to provide comprehensive programs addressing the latest science and research in the field of Clinical Lipidology. The NLA also offers online courses and print education to our trainee members.

Yearly Conferences Online Courses Print Education

NLA Self Assessment Program

Associate members of the NLA can complete the entire NLA-SAP, Edition 5 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 Lipidology: Lipid Metabolism, Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis and Genetic Disorders

Module 2: Evidence-based Medicine and Statistics: ASCVD Risk Assessment and Risk Indicators and Subclinical Atherosclerosis Detection

Module 3: Contemporary Management of Dyslipidemia: Lifestyle Therapy

Module 4: Contemporary Management of Dyslipidemia: Pharmacologic Therapy

Get real-time feedback after each question as well as a list of suggested references. The web-based program can be completed from any computer. 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 Foundations of Lipidology 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. Before submitting a travel grant application, trainees must join the NLA as an associate member and register to attend Foundations of Lipidology. Limited space is available so act now! For more information, please contact the CME Manager or apply below. Restrictions apply.


Online Lipid Education

Foundations of Lipidology 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.

Online Education Page

Certification in Lipidology

The American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) is an independent physician-certifying organization offering the highest benchmark of professional competency in Clinical Lipidology.

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.

ABCL Homepage ACCL Homepage

Get Involved with the NLA

The National Lipid Association several different committees as an excellent way to get involved.

Committees Page


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.

ACGME Homepage
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 01:00

This page was last updated: Oct 26, 2023