Teaching Principle

The ECPM course follows the IMI PharmaTrain Syllabus for postgraduate education in Pharmaceutical Medicine and aims for the highest academic standard based on Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. The learning process includes didactic teaching and places a great emphasis on interactive participation. Each module includes the following activities:


Selected faculty from industry, academia and regulatory authorities provide state-of-the-art lectures spanning both the basics of drug development as well as current trends in important drug, diagnostic and therapeutic areas as well as related issues.

Lectures focus on interactive learning, in-depth discussions and break-out groups, where participants work on case studies that complement the lectures in each module. To ensure that the curriculum is aligned with trends in pharmaceutical medicine, the ECPM consults with an advisory board of external specialists on a regular basis.

Students are provided with a summary, slides and reference list of each lecture. In addition, a short summary or review article embracing the topic will be made available.

The course language is English.

Case Studies

Participants work in small interdisciplinary teams on ‘real life cases’. Problems are analyzed and discussed together with faculty members. Participants try to reach a common strategy, which is then presented and defended in a roundtable discussion. Documents and background literature of the case studies are made available for download three weeks prior to each course module. We expect students to read the materials in advance, in order to be able to actively participate in the discussion.

Gray Book

A special feature is the availability of the online book “Grays Medicines Development” by Dr. Julian Gray. It summarizes the key aspects of the Pharma-Train syllabus representing the whole drug development process.

Frontiers in Drug Development Seminars

The Frontiers in Drug Development Seminars take place on day four of each course module. They are an integral and mandatory part of the course. Next to the course participants, ECPM alumni and other professionals, who are looking for continuing education in the field can participate in the seminars.

Teaching Evaluation

We use an evaluation software, which guarantees anonymization of the data. Student input is highly appreciated as this helps us deliver a high quality education and identify areas for improvement.