Members of the Board of Directors of the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Webb-Zapata-Jim Hogg Medical Society and planning committee members gathered at the Area Health Education Center Board Room to announce the upcoming 34th Annual Update in Medicine Conference scheduled for Friday, October 26, from 11:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday, October 27, fom 8:30am to 6:30pm at the UT Health Regional Campus, 1937 Bustamanta, Laredo, Texas. The purpose of this annual event is to provide continuing education opportunities for all practicing providers in the region and to bring, to the community, the most current information regarding diagnosis, prevention and treatment of numerous illnesses. In addition, the setting promotes networking among health care providers and other service providers who share the goal of keeping the community healthy. The program is the only 2-day program of its kind in the region offering multidisciplinary education and up to fourteen hours of continuing education for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, counselors, and social workers. Medical, nursing and health professions students are also invited to attend. The program is developed by physicians, nurses and others who form part of the conference planning committee; the committee begins plans for the program early in the year to ensure that the topics for the conference program are of interest to the medical community. “Through this conference, AHEC strives to meet its mission of linking health professionals to educational resources and providers can obtain continuing education credits to meet their licensure requirements” remarked Julie Bazan, AHEC Executive Director “the continued partnerships with the medical society as well as the health care institutions to offer this conference, make this a personalized program for the community”. The content of the program is geared to providing educational lectures that will benefit the medical community, future health care providers and community members interested in the latest health findings. Some of the presentations in this year’s program include Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery by Dr. Sohum K. Desai; Alzheimer’s Disease and Neuropsychology by Dr. Eduardo Estevis; Cell Phone Addiction by Dr. Roberto Jimenez; Diagnosis and Management of Dementia by Dr. Alicia S. Parker; Diabetes by Dr. Curtis Triplitt; Kidney Transplant by Dr. Philip Thomas; Spinal Cord Injuries by Dr. Amol Utturkar; Food Allergies by Dr. Jane Unzeitig; Addictive Behavioral Disorders by Dr. Joseph J. Martinez-O’Hara; and many other presentations. For additional information on the conference program and to register, vist Eventbrite or call Ms. Julie Bazan at (956)712-0037.