Celebrating 21 Years of High-Quality Medical Education and Over 200 Successful 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. 

Now, over 20 years later, Pancreas 2000 hopes to commence its 10th course in February 2022, and over 100 applications from highly-qualified candidates were received before a final selection was made. This testifies 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 and North America.

Project groups in several of the courses have successfully completed scientific studies and most have been published in top journals (LINK). Several of the founding faculty members 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 academic institutions as well as various renowned scientific associations such as United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and ItaNet.

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