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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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Trends, Innovations, Controversies,
and Clinical Tips

Damon C. Adams, DDS, will present this program focused on current trends, controversies, and innovations. The course will focus on a variety of clinical and treatment planning tips designed to assist the dentist and team in choosing and successfully implementing the latest lab-fabricated, all-ceramic dental materials and treatment protocols.
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Garza Classroom.

Friday, August 23

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Tri-School Alumni Texas Reception at ADA FDI
World Dental Congress

In keeping with tradition, Texas' three dental schools will co-host a reception for their graduates during the annual meeting of the American Dental Association, to be held this year during September in San Francisco. We hope you'll join us to connect with old friends while making new ones.
5 to 7 p.m.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Friday, Sept. 6

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Changing the Face of Dental Hygiene and The Mystique in Changing a Patient’s Behavior

Lilian Caperila, RDH, MEd, will present a double-feature course highlighting skills necessary to adapt to a changing model of care. Explore alternative approaches to treatment settings, changing demographics, and advancing technologies.
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Garza Classroom

Friday, September 13

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Diagnostic Considerations
and New Treatment Options
for Difficult Cases

Edward Feinberg, DMD, will present a unique approach to diagnosis and treatment planning that will offer the practitioner new and creative treatment options to help patients — including those who are not candidates for sophisticated dentistry.
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Cooley Center

Friday, September 13

Alumni News


July 30, 2019
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Kuwaiti dentist Alaa Al-Saffar, DDS, may be 7,000 miles from the Texas Medical Center but that didn’t keep her from catching a lecture on mucosal lesions at UTHealth ...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs