Pancreas Symposium 2018: Current Controversies in Benign Pancreatic Disease

2017 Course Remarks

“Job well done!!! Hope you'll have this course again next year.” - CC
“Thank you for the opportunity to maximize learning potential to improve my practice.” - CH
“Absolutely enjoyed every part of this conference!” - GP
“Enjoyed the course- as always.” - HR
“Well worth taking a day off to attend.” - ET
“Thank you for recruiting these experts to come and impart their knowledge so we could improve our care for our patients.” - CT
“Excellent course overall, would recommend to others.” - KS

Course Directors

John Poneros, MD
Beth A. Schrope, MD, PhD


The Pancreas Symposium 2018 program will review current controversies and procedures for managing benign pancreatic disease. Acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts are among the most complex cases that physicians are confronted with as internists, gastroenterologists and surgeons. Our internationally recognized faculty will present lectures and case presentations to help practicing physicians treat benign pancreatic disease.

We are proud to have this symposium co-sponsored by The National Pancreas Foundation.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss current evidence-based guidelines for the surgical and endoscopic management of acute pancreatitis
  • Explain how to diagnose and treat pancreatic insufficiency
  • Recognize special considerations for pediatric pancreatitis
  • Discuss the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and when to refer patients for total pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation
  • Identify new and enhanced imaging techniques of the pancreas
  • Describe the role for biomarkers in chronic pancreatitis
  • Explain how to diagnose and manage autoimmune pancreatitis, pancreatic cystic neoplasms and incidentally found pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
  • Describe the physiology of pain in pancreatitis
  • Identify new techniques in endoscopic ablation of select pancreatic lesions
  • Assess the role for prevention in pancreatic disease

Target Audience

This activity is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, internists, radiologists, pathologists, RNs, PAs, NPs and other medical professionals involved in the evaluation, diagnosis and/or management of patients with benign pancreatic disease.

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 (ACCME) through the collaboration of Amedco and Columbia University Department of Surgery. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement


The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. NOTE: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.


NYP Affiliates
  • $125 - MD, DO, PhD
  • $75 - RN, NP, PA
  • Free – Fellows, Residents
  • Free – Students
Non-NYP Affiliates
  • $175 - MD, DO, PhD
  • $125 - RN, NP, PA
  • $50 - Resident, Fellows
  • Free - Students

Registration Form

Free Registration Form

* VERIFICATION REQUIRED. If you are fellow, resident, student, RN, NP or PA, you are required to submit with the registration form a letter written on official letterhead and signed by a department supervisor verifying status. Please send to Jessica Mead at

Educational Grant/Exhibit Support Interest

If you are interested in supporting this medical education program with an educational grant and/or an exhibit, please contact:
Christine Rein
Medical Education Liaison
Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Surgery, External Affairs
Phone: 212.304.7814
Fax: 212.304.7811

Downloadable Information for Participating Vendors

Please note: A completed floor plan will be distributed on-site and available at the general registration desk upon arrival. Staff will assist in directing you to your exhibit area.

Meeting Location

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium
173 Fort Washington Avenue, First Floor
New York, NY 10032
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Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Surgery, CME Office

400 Kelby Street, Floor 9, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone: 212.304.7817
Fax: 212.304.7811

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