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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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2018 Generations Conference
Two Course Options

Dr. Terry Tanaka will present the featured course, covering TMD management and occlusion, as well as splint therapy. Lisa Mallonee, RDH, MPH, will present a course on nutrition and preventive health care. After the conference, there will be a networking social with school leadership and future professionals.

Friday, Sept. 14

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Two-Day Program
Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice

This certification course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists and laser safety officers, and will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the science, function and roles that lasers can offer your patients. Featuring Drs. Juliana Barros and Charles Hoopingarner, and Angie Mott, RDH. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
Friday & Saturday
Sept. 28-29

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21st Century Dentistry
CDE Course

Two innovative and progressive speakers in clinical education and practice management bring to you an all-day workshop where you will learn how to evolve your dental practice and thrive in this new era of dentistry. Featuring Bernie Stoltz and Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fullerton Classroom.

Saturday, Oct. 13

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CDE in Puglia, Italy

Dean John Valenza, DDS, invites you to a ‘homecoming’ tour of Italy. Join the dean, faculty, alumni and friends as we discover sandy beaches, baroque cities, hilltop villages, excellent food and informative continuing dental education. This will be one travel CDE course you won’t forget!

June 7-16, 2019

News and Events


July 12, 2018
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Don L. Allen, Sr., DDS, MS, who served as the fifth dean of UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry from 1982-92, died June 22, 2018 in Florida. During his tenure, Allen...


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs