What Do You Know About Familial Hypercholesterolemia?

RELEASE DATE: April 2015




There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  1. Review the activity objectives and CEU information.
  2. Complete the activity pre-test.
  3. Complete the CEU activity.
  4. Complete the posttest. A score of at least 80% is required to complete this activity for genetic counselors.The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CEU evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the prevalence and impact of FH
  • Describe the pathophysiology of FH, as well as the role of genetic factors
  • Delineate key aspects of relevant screening and diagnostic guidance, including extension to the patient’s family members at risk
  • Identify the role of genetic counseling in the identification of FH patients and educational process
  • Delineate steps for applying key aspects of relevant guidance regarding FH management to clinical practice
  • Evaluate data on new and emerging treatment options and its implications for clinical practice


This activity is jointly provided by The France Foundation, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

Target Audience / Statement of Need

This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, genetic counselors, and other health care professionals involved in the management of familial hypercholesterolemia.

CEU Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The France Foundation, AANP, and NSGC. The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized the France Foundation to offer up to 0.075 CEUs or 0.75 contact hours (Category 1) for each case in the What Do You Know About Familial Hypercholesterolemia? series. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of certification and recertification.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, The France Foundation, AANP, and NSGC have implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures

It is the policy of The France Foundation, AANP, and NSGC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty, activity planners, content reviewers, and staff participating in this activity have disclosed to the participants any significant financial interest or other relationship with manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s)/device(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services included in this educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a person with a relevant financial or other relationship from participating in the activity, but rather to provide participants with information on which they can base their own judgments. The France Foundation, AANP, and NSGC have identified and resolved any and all conflicts of interest prior to the release of this activity.

Activity Staff Disclosures

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty Disclosure

The following faculty has indicated she has relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this CME activity:

  • Amy Sturm, MS, LGC has served as a consultant for Ambry Genetics Scientific Advisory Board and has received honoraria from Ambry Genetics. She has also received other financial support from Invitae.

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Commercial Support Acknowledgement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.


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Complete the Activity

There are three cases available for viewing. For each of the cases below, please start by completing the pre-test.

Familial Hypercholestorolemia: The Connors

Speaker: Amy Sturm MS, LGC, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University

After reviewing the course objectives and disclosures, please begin with Step 1 below to complete this online education activity:

Step 1: Complete the Activity Pre-Test

After completing Step 1, you will be prompted to the next steps for completing this activity.

Familial Hypercholestorolemia: Michael

Speaker: Mitchell Pariani, MS, LCGC, Center for Inherited Cardivascular Disease, Stanford University

After reviewing the course objectives and disclosures, please begin with Step 1 below to complete this online education activity:

Step 1: Complete the Activity Pre-Test

After completing Step 1, you will be prompted to the next steps for completing this activity.

Familial Hypercholestorolemia: Jack

Speaker: Joyce Ross, MSN, RNC, CRNP, CS, FNLA, FPCNA, University of Pennsylvania Health System

After reviewing the course objectives and disclosures, please begin with Step 1 below to complete this online education activity:

Step 1: Complete the Activity Pre-Test

After completing Step 1, you will be prompted to the next steps for completing this activity.

Not a genetic counselor, but interested in completing this activity. Please view the pages below.

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