A Unique Educational and Research Program for the Next Generation of Pancreatologists
Each of the five meetings in every course is designed to stimulate development in three key areas:
A SPECIALIZED EDUCATION IN PANCREATOLOGY
Physiology, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, hereditary pancreatitis, familial pancreatic cancer, and adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
Diagnosis, etiology, imaging, pathology, treatment (endoscopy, medical, surgery, etc)
SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND RESEARCH
Including design, conduct, and publication of a study project
LEADERSHIP AND INTERCULTURAL SKILLS
The local host of each meeting decides the content of the Pancreatology session, within a framework given by the Steering Committee. The scientific session is organized jointly by the local host and the Steering Committee.
A trained psychologist specialized on medical professional development is responsible for the leadership and intercultural training.
In addition, the Pancreas 2000 program offers:
Access to an extensive network of senior and junior doctors from Europe, and including leading Pancreatologists as lecturers and mentors
Possibility to plan and conduct clinical and experimental research
Visiting hospitals as an observer, private study, and participation in research projects
Each course concludes with an international scientific meeting where the projects will be presented. Projects should preferably be published in refereed journals.
The focus of the course is on high-quality education and personal development. The lodgings at each meeting venue are modest, but comfortable. All meetings run for two full days (Thursday noon - Saturday noon) and are held in easily accessible venues, close to major European cities and international airports.
Five Meetings Over Two Years
Example Course Program
Meeting 1 - Late August | Year 1
The aim of the first meeting is to establish the project groups, which consist of participants and mentors. Pancreatic physiology, embryology, and basic science will be covered. We discuss hypothesis testing and basic scientific theory. The ability to work in a group towards defined goals will be developed. During a brainstorming session, potential research projects will be discussed and each participant assigned to a project and allocated to a project group.
Meeting 2 - October | Year 1
The project groups formulate and present hypotheses and ideas for realistic projects. Questions such as which protocols need to be sent for ethical approval will also be covered. The topic for the educational session will be pancreatic cancer, while the scientific session looks at realism in project planning and management. Participants will leave the second meeting with a clearly defined research project and will continue the work at home while liaising remotely with their project groups.
Meeting 3 - April | Year 1
The final research protocols will be presented and the projects should be ready to start. Acute pancreatitis will be discussed during the educational session and the question "What is good science?" discussed. We will look at statistical questions in research and there will be a presentation on Good Clinical Practice and how to collect and record data. The leadership training will focus on group dynamics. When the participants return home, they will begin to recruit patients or start experiments for their study.
Meeting 4 - October | Year 2
Chronic pancreatitis will be the topic of the educational session, while the scientific training will focus on how to present research data. The leadership training will cover how to handle everyday work problems such as how to resolve conflicts within groups
Meeting 5 - April | Year 2
The research projects should now be finished and summarized, and it is time to discuss and interpret the data. The educational session will discuss endocrine pancreatic diseases, and the scientific session will focus on data analysis. The leadership training focuses on working in a multicultural setting
Meeting Schedule - Course 9
Meeting 1: August 30 - Sept 1st, 2018 | Ängavallen, Sweden
Meeting 2: October 4 - 6, 2018 | Bucharest, Romania
Meeting 3: April 11 - April 13, 2019 | Assmannshausen, Germany
Meeting 4: October 10 - 12, 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands (location TBC)
Meeting 5: April 16 - 18, 2020 | Berlin, Germany (location TBC)
Who Can Apply?
Those trained as a medical doctor and who have completed their undergraduate training. The candidate can be a graduate student of any kind. In general, the candidate should be a resident or intern in medicine or surgery, eg
Candidates must have at least expressed an interest in the pancreas (eg undergraduate studies, master thesis/diploma). If the candidate does not have prior experience in pancreas, or an expressed interest in pancreas, he/she must clearly be assigned to the field by the supervisor/head of department.
The application period for Course 9 is now closed. We will be accepting applications for Course 10 in January 2020. We are, however, happy to answer questions about the program at any time.