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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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Pediatric Tongue & Lip Ties: Diagnosis & Treatment with Soft-Tissue Lasers

Martin Kaplan, DMD, Peter Vitruk, PhD, DABLS, and Michale Chatham, RN, BSN, LMT, IBCLC, OMT will teach the best practices to dentists and physicians for tongue and lip tie assessment and learn how to remove tongue-ties using soft-laser tissue on pig jaws in a hands-on workshop.
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Garza Classroom

Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19

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4th Annual Innovations in Periodontics Symposium | Digital Trends of Surgical Dentistry

Naif Sinada, DMD, MS will showcase the utilization of all aspects of digital dentistry: scanning, designing, milling, and printing as a process in treatment planning for surgical procedures. Each of those aspects comes with its own nuances that are imperative to understanding the current evolving landscape.
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Garza Classroom

Friday, Oct. 25

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Behind the Smile III: Spooky Edition

On the eve of Halloween, storytelling at UTHealth School of Dentistry returns with a delightful twist: Behind the Smile III: Spooky Edition. This event features real-life stories with a spooky twist. This event is open to the UTSD community, aumni, and friends. Attendees can come as they are or wear their best Halloween costume.
5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Cooley Center

Wednesday, Oct. 30

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Pit-and-Fissure Sealant Training for Dental Assistants & Dental Hygienists

Harold A. Henson, RDH, MEd, PhD will review infection control, patient management and treatment of medical emergencies, related microbiology, related chemistry, dental anatomy, ethics and jurisprudence as related to pit-and-fissure sealant application, and application techniques of pit-and-fissure sealants.
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Greater Houston Dental Society Conference Room

Friday, Nov. 1

Alumni News


September 23, 2019
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The Texas Academy of General Dentistry has named UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston Dean John A. Valenza, DDS '81 as Texas Dentist of the Year™ for ...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs