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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. 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 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

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Controlled Substances and Texas Dentists: Ethically Prescribe, Monitor and Apply Standards of Care to Successfully Manage Pain

Arthur H. Jeske, DMD, PhD will review the clinical pharmacologic characteristics of opioids and other controlled substances. It's designed to satisfy TSDBE RULE §104.1(2B)(effective Jan. 1, 2021) & RULE §111.1(b)(effective Sept. 1, 2020).
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. CST
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

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Keeping It Clean - How Not to Exposure Yourself at Work - OSHA in the Dental Office

Jill Yeager will navigate OSHA requirements and CDC recommendations, OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and required annual training, OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and required training, Personal Protective Equipment, OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard and more!
8:30 to 11:45 a.m. CST
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

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Pediatric Dentistry Forum 2021

Join the UTSD Department of Pediatric Dentistry & the PACE Center for this annual forum. Obtain 3 lecture hours in 430 Pediatric Dentistry through this insightful webinar, held via Cisco Webex. Our speakers are working to solidify the course content for this 3-hour course, so be sure to check the registration page frequently for updates!
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

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2021 Nabers Visiting Professorship | Etiology, Therapy and Maintenance for Peri-implant Diseases

Thomas G. Wilson, Jr. DDS will will cover new data on the peri-implant disease, including the role of foreign bodies, and cement and titanium found in soft tissues surrounding implants affected by these diseases. He will also discuss the effect of early and late colonizing bacteria on the implant surfaces.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Alumni News


October 19, 2020
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Claudia and Gregory Oelfke, DDS ‘77 have donated a collection of dental cartoons to UTSD. The 10 original signed artworks are displayed on the second floor of UTSD, near...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs