Program Design

Each of the five meetings in every course is designed to stimulate development in three key areas:


Physiology, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, hereditary pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and adenocarcinoma of the pancreas are among the areas covered

Diagnosis, etiology, imaging, pathology, endoscopy, surgery, treatment (multidisciplinary)


Including design, conduct, and publication of a scientific study project

Research and statistical skills

Collaboration across Europe and beyond


Working successfully in a cross-cultural environment

Mediation and project management

Hands-on leadership training

Each meeting focuses on a different theme in Pancreatology, and local guest speakers are invited to speak and interact with participants at the meeting.

A trained psychologist specialized in professional development is responsible for the leadership and intercultural training sessions.

In addition, the Pancreas 2000 program offers:

  • Access to an extensive network of senior and junior doctors across Europe, including leading Pancreatologists as lecturers and mentors
  • Opportunity to plan and conduct clinical and experimental research
  • Visiting hospitals as an observer, private study, and participation in research projects
  • Become a part of a pan-European research network
  • Be personally mentored by experts in the field

Each course concludes with an international scientific meeting where the projects will be presented.

The focus of the course is on high-quality education and professional development. The lodgings at each meeting venue are modest, but comfortable. All meetings run for two full days (typically from Thursday noon to Saturday noon) and are held in easily accessible venues, close to major European cities and international airports, with good public transportation.

What course graduates say: 

"An important initiative that should be emulated more and more to increase insight and progress in challenging fields like Pancreatology"

"A once in a lifetime opportunity for any trainee interested in a long term career in Pancreatology"