This weekend I addressed the Malaysian Pediatric Association Annual Congress on probiotic use in children. As it turns out, many of them could have stood up and given the same talk. It turns out that the use of probiotics has been way of life for pediatricians in southeast Asia for some time. My appearance was a reality check on the subtle sense entitlement that American physicians often harbor. I was also privileged to judge the meeting’s poster case presentations which consisted of strange and unusual disease seen in only this steamy corner of the world. And I thought I worked hard.
I might suggest that the American Academy of Pediatrics fly in a handful of hardworking general pediatricians from Malaysia. While none of us in the U.S. would like to admit it, we would definitely learn something.