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Partnering for Success

Partnering for Success

Welcome to the PACE Center at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry. We work to connect our students, alumni and dental professionals with life-long resources to support their success in dentistry. We provide services in career development, alumni affairs, continuing dental education and more, helping students and alumni make successful transitions into the professional world. The center also shares school news and connects dental professionals with volunteer opportunities.


Welcome, UTSD alumni!
Since 1905, nearly 10,000 graduates have passed through our doors to practice in all 50 states and around the world. We’re exceptional clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. And we’re proud to say that through the years, our work and wisdom have had a significant impact on the dental profession.

Staying in touch with your classmates helps ensure they can find you for referrals. The PACE Center is dedicated to helping classmates stay in touch or reconnect. We currently host alumni receptions at local, state and national dental meetings. We’ll be adding more activities soon, so stay in touch.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Dental Education

UTHealth School of Dentistry offers numerous courses for all disciplines of dentistry, including general dentists, specialists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. Our world-renowned instructors, as well as guest lecturers and clinicians, offer cutting-edge, hands-on sessions. 

We're interested in your ideas for course topics. Let us know what you need! Email us or call 713-486-4028 to discuss options for concierge courses. 

Interested in presenting a course? Please fill our and submit the Speakers' Registration form. 

Preceptorship Programs

Graduates from non-ADA accredited schools are required to complete this school's preceptorship program to apply for graduate programs in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR), Endodontics, Oral Pathology, Pediatrics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. National Boards Part I may be required in order to apply to the Preceptorship Programs.

The Preceptor Programs do not award academic credit; upon completion of a program, the individual will receive a letter of completion. The programs involve didactic instruction and clinical training. Students in the Preceptor Programs attend seminars and courses with the graduate students and may be assigned to the graduate clinics to develop clinical expertise and treatment-planning skill in the program area.

Program Information Details

PACE: Practice Consulting

The PACE Center provides professional, business and ethical counseling for all UTSD students and residents at no charge for the first three years after graduation. The services remain available to all alumni thereafter though annual registration and donation opportunities.

The PACE Center's practice consulting service is directed by alumni with decades of successful practice experience. 

The center is also a repository of career information and dental practice opportunities, including private practices for sale, associate employment positions, and professional opportunities in education, research, the uniformed services, public health, and government.

Dr. Jerry Long and Dr. Mike Piazza

Contact Us

7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152, Houston, TX 77054, 713-486-4028

Featured Events

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Oral Pathology Symposium

Hear from the experts in the field of oral and maxillofacial pathology, covering a variety of conditions encountered in general and specialty dental practices. Featured speakers include Drs. Ashley Clark, Kalu Ogbureke, Nadarajah Vigneswaran, and Ngozi Nwizu. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Cooley Center.

Feb. 1, 2019

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Behind the Smile

Join us for our second installation of this new narrative dentistry storytelling event, where UTSD faculty, staff, students, alumni, and patients share their stories in and out of dentistry, and create a deeper appreciation for humanism.

March 6, 2019

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Women’s Health Update

Learn the most current information on oral health and medical issues affecting women of all ages, including pregnancy, lactation, intimate partner violence, eating disorders, menopause, heart disease and osteoporosis. Featuring Dr. Barbara Steinberg. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Cooley Center.

April 5, 2019

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CDE in Puglia, Italy

Dean John Valenza, DDS, invites you to a ‘homecoming’ tour of Italy. Join the dean, faculty, alumni and friends as we discover sandy beaches, baroque cities, hilltop villages, excellent food and informative continuing dental education. This will be one travel CDE course you won’t forget!

June 7-16, 2019

Alumni News


March 19, 2019
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Ryan Quock, DDS, distinguished teaching professor and UTSD alumnus, is the new chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association Board of Directors...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs