Every neurologist and most physicians in developing regions will at times feel overwhelmed by the burden of disease they encounter and the limited resources available for care provision. Furthermore, outside of academic centers, intellectual endeavors may be difficult to identify that will help ongoing professional development. All of these issues undoubtedly contribute to the "brain drain," whereby health professionals from developing regions migrate to developed countries. It should be recognizesd that professor exchanges, local continuing medical education programs, and research opportunities do exist to help overcome some of these academic lapses. Such opportunities can be found through the World Federation of Neurology (www.wfneurology.org), the U.S. Fulbright Program (http://www.cies.org/), and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov), among others.
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