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Your home for quality, lifelong learning in dental education and connection to career success

Partnering for Success

Welcome to the PACE Center at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry at Houston. We have a network of resources and educational programs that help our students, alumni and dental professionals succeed in dentistry. Our consulting team provides guidance for students and new alumni on their career development as they make successful transitions into the professional world. We are also an ADA CERP accredited provider, hosting more than sixty continuing dental education programs annually. Our goal is to keep our alumni, students and professionals connected to our institution through school news, community programs, and events.


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. To stay up-to-date on UTSD's notable happenings, featured alumni, institutional updates, and upcoming events, sign up to receive our monthly click the alumni newsletter button below.

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 out the Speakers' Registration form. 

Preceptorship Programs

The PACE Center offers non-degree dental preceptorships designed for U.S. or internationally trained dentists, researchers, and scholars to gain postgraduate training in a clinical, didactic, and/or laboratory setting. These programs are designed for participants to spend designated time in a skill-training program at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry in pursuit of educational enrichment, collaboration, and study. Participants attend seminars and courses with advanced education students and may be assigned to graduate clinics to develop clinical expertise and treatment-planning skills in the program area.

Direct patient care is dependent upon the program details. Current preceptorships are available in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR), Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP), Pediatrics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) is required to apply for some programs.

Upon completion of a preceptorship, participants will receive a letter of completion.

Click below for additional details for each program.

Program Information Details           Preceptorship FAQ's

PACE: Practice Consulting

The PACE Center provides complimentary professional, business, and ethical practice consulting services for all UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry students and residents during their time in dental school, and for NEW alumni up to three years after they graduate. Our practice consulting services are directed by UTSD alumni S. Jerry Long, DDS and Joe M. Piazza, DDS who both have decades of successful practice experience.

 Practice consulting services offered:

  • Career Consultation
    • Branding for the Healthcare Professional
    • Business Systems
    • Third-Party Benefit Participation
    • Leadership & Communications
    • Resume Review
  • Networking & Relationship Building
  • Contract Analysis
  • Mock Interviews
  • Shadowing/Observation Requests
  • Small Group Meetings
  • Speaker Requests for Student & Professional Organizations

The practice consulting services offered by the PACE Center go beyond the classroom. Our practice consultants offer advice and counseling grounded in professionalism and the ethical principles that govern dentistry. Our goal is to challenge new dentists to apply a higher level of scrutiny in analyzing any business decision in which they become a party — especially those decisions which could negatively impact the quality of care they provide.

The PACE Center is also a repository for career information and dental practice opportunities listed on a frequently updated, online job board. Here, students can find positions in dentistry, dental hygiene, education, research, 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

Marcos Vargas, BDB, DDS, MS

2022 John M. Powers, PhD Professorship in Oral Biomaterials

Direct resin composites are a very important part of any dental practice. These restorations provide patients with minimally invasive restorations that preserve tooth structure while providing esthetics, longevity and function; they are personally rewarding and cost effective. However, dental practitioners face difficulties while bonding and placing these restorations. This presentation and workshop will provide tips and techniques for predictable and sensitivity-free anterior and posterior composite restorations in daily practice, it will provide guidelines for shade selection, cavity preparation, layering style, how to achieve achieving proximal contacts and contouring and polishing to obtain functional and esthetic restorations. Additionally, bulk fill materials will be discussed for the use in posterior restorations. A step-by-step approach will be used to present how to achieve excellence in bonding and obtain excellence in direct restorations including, Class II, Class IVs, and direct resin veneers.
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar or In-Person Lecture

Friday, June 10, 2022

Maryam Tabrizi, RDH, DMD, MPH; Angela Catic, MD, MEd; Michael Reinhardt, MD

2022 Geriatric Oral Health Care Symposium

This event will focus on the oral health demands within the Age-Friendly Health System and the 4Ms Framework.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, June 17, 2022

Maryam Tabrizi, RDH, DMD, MPH

TeleECHO™ Lecture Series: Geriatric Oral Health Within the 4M's Framework - Clinical Case Discussion 9

This course series will introduce the Age-Friendly Health System as a guide to dental providers for a team approach treatment, in an effort to enhance clinical outcomes of older adults.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, June 23, 2022

Lea Morgan, OTR/L

Sensory Informed Pediatric Practice - Dental Professionals Course

Have you noticed an increase in atypical behaviors and responses from your patients? Are you struggling with disrupted visits due to patient discomfort? Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is more prevalent in children than autism, and as common as ADHD. Understanding SPD will help you make adjustments in your practice, to increase positive outcomes..
9 a.m. - Noon (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, June 24, 2022

Alumni News


January 31, 2022
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Raouf J. Hanna, DDS, a 2003 graduate of the Advanced Education in Periodontics Program, has made a generous commitment to establish...


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