Celebrating Nearly 20 Years of High-Quality Medical Education and Over One Hundred Successful Pancreas 2000 Graduates

The number of academic laboratories dedicated to work on pancreatic physiology and pancreatic disease is decreasing. It is difficult to recruit post-doctorate fellows. How many young investigators start to establish a career in Pancreatology? It is difficult to retain young people within this field. The size of meetings is small compared with other fields.
— Roland Schmid, Associate Editor of Gastroenterology in "Pancreatologists: An Endangered Species?", 2010

Not so long ago, Pancreatology was a small and relatively unknown area of specialization within the field of Gastroenterology. A dearth of specific treatments for pancreatic diseases as well as the extremely poor prognosis for pancreatic cancer limited research efforts and hence there were few opportunities or incentives for young scientists to enter this important field. 

Recognizing the implications of this trend, a group of leading European pancreatologists designed a comprehensive two-and-a-half-year program to educate and train the next generation of young scientists to become experts in pancreatic disease, rejuvenate the field, and become the backbone of a pan-European network of pancreas specialists.

The project was named Pancreas 2000, after the year of its founding, and the first course started in August 1999 in Möcklehult, Sweden. 

Nearly 20 years later, Pancreas 2000 is about to commence its 9th course in August 2018, and over 90 applications from highly-qualified candidates were received. This is testimony to the value and reputation of the program, which can look back on nearly many years of high-quality medical education with most graduates now in leading positions in pancreas clinics across Europe.

Project groups in several of the courses have successfully completed scientific studies and at least 10 have been published in top journals. Many of the founding faculty are still actively participating in the program as mentors and remain committed to its continued development and success. Graduates stay in touch and collaborate through the alumni organization YOUPPIE.

Today, Pancreas 2000 has become the official post-graduate activity of the European Pancreas Club and is fully EAC-CME accredited. It is mainly sponsored by industry but also enjoys support from various scientific associations such as United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and ItaNet, to name a few.

The Steering Committee, Mentors, and Faculty look forward to an exciting future.

What Pancreas 2000 Graduates Say

An important initiative that should be emulated more and more to increase insight and progress in challenging fields like Pancreatology
— Pancreas 2000 Course 6 Graduate
A once in a lifetime opportunity for any trainee that´s interested in a long term career in Pancreatology
— Pancreas 2000 Course 6 Graduate