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

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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 out 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. These complimentary services are available for students and residents during their time in school and for three years after they graduate. Our practice consulting service is directed by alumni who have decades of experience in successful practice(s).

The counseling services offered by PACE: Practice Consulting goes beyond the classroom. Our 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 available position in dentistry, dental hygiene, education, research, the uniformed services, public health, and the government.

Dr. Jerry Long and Dr. Mike Piazza

Contact Us

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

Featured Events

Dr. Rebeca Weisleder

Dental Emergencies and How to Solve Them

Dental Emergencies have always been the bread and butter of dentistry. Dental professionals often await this phone call before closing for their practice each day, but may struggle with actually helping patients and making a vast impact with a limited amount of information. Often, this results in patients repeatedly communicating with the practice without resolve. If this is something your practice may have encountered, it is essential that you elevate your practice and find a solution for their issue. Learn how to manage dental emergencies such as endodontic pain, swelling, or trauma. Ensure your practice can manage these entities and better serve the community.
9 a.m.-Noon (CST)
Live, interactive webinar

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Drs. Barros, Hoopingarner, & Patel, Ms. Wallace

Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice: ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Certification Course

This program is designed to enhance the practitioner's knowledge and understanding of the science, function, and roles that lasers can offer your patients. You will gain an understanding of the science, physics and tissue interaction as they relate to clinical procedures you will be able to perform. Emphasis will be on showing how variations in lasers' physical properties — such as wavelength, power and temporal modes — can be used to alter the desired outcomes.
8 a.m.-4 p.m.(CST)
In-person, hands-on course

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 & Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021

Hot Topics in Aging

Moving Forward Together: Healthcare, Social Services, & Healthy Aging

This virtual conference will focus on the intersection between Healthcare & Social Services to support Healthy Aging. A variety of interprofessional speakers will cover topics including: resilient caring for caregivers and providers; addressing social isolation; vulnerable older adult populations including LGBT and those living with disabilities; technology to support aging in place; navigating community agencies and social services to support healthy aging; and ageism and ableism.
9 a.m.-4:40 p.m.(CST)
Live, interactive webinar

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

Arthur H. Jeske, DMD, PhD; & Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DMD, DrMedDent

Current Perspectives of Pharmacotherapy in Dentistry and Inflammatory and Ulcerative Oral Mucosal Disorders: A Case Based on Approach to Diagnosis and Therapeutic Management

The differential diagnosis for infectious and non-infectious inflammatory and ulcerative oral mucosal disorders is extensive. Differential diagnosis of common oral mucosal disorders based on morphology, inciting events and the natural history will be discussed. The overall objective of this course is to provide the participant a practical approach to evaluate patients who present with painful oral mucositis and ulcerations.
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (CST)
Live, interactive webinar

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Alumni News


May 06, 2021
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Margo Melchor, RDH, EdD, associate professor and director of community outreach at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, has been reappointed to the Texas State Board of Dental...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs