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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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2nd Annual Endodontics Symposium

Hear from experts in the field of endodontics through four sessions designed to present the latest techniques and findings for the endodontist and the general practitioner. Featuring Drs. Scott Makins, Alex Fleury, David Jaramillo and George Bruder. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Garza Classroom.

Friday, Nov. 2

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Behind the Smile
Stories In & Out of Dentistry

A new initiative presents narrative dentistry storytelling, answering the call to create a deeper appreciation for humanism. All members of the UTSD community are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required; tickets are $10.
6-8 p.m., The Cooley Center.

Wednesday, Nov .14

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Clinical Training for Allied Dental Personnel
Coronal Polishing

This combination lecture and lab/clinical course is designed to provide the dental assistant with the knowledge, principles and skills to perform coronal polishing on patients under supervision of a licensed dentist. Featuring Dr. Harold A. Henson. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ahn Classroom.

Friday, Dec. 14

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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

News and Events


November 02, 2018
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UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston is now taking applications from dental hygienists who want to maximize their career opportunities thorough the school's online &ldquo...


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