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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, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry 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 on the School of Dentistry's notable happenings, featured alumni, institutional updates, and upcoming events, sign up to receive our monthly click the alumni newsletter button below.

Continuing Education

Continuing Dental Education

UTHealth Houston 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

The PACE Center offers non-degree dental preceptorships designed for U.S. or internationally trained dentists, researchers, and scholars to gain postgraduate training in a clinical, didactic, and/or laboratory setting. These programs are designed for participants to spend designated time in a skill-training program at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry in pursuit of educational enrichment, collaboration, and study. Participants attend seminars and courses with advanced education students and may be assigned to graduate clinics to develop clinical expertise and treatment-planning skills in the program area.

Direct patient care is dependent upon the program details. Current preceptorships are available in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR), Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP), Pediatrics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) is required to apply for some programs.

Upon completion of a preceptorship, participants will receive a letter of completion.

Click below for additional details for each program.

Program Information Details           Preceptorship FAQ's

PACE: Practice Consulting

The PACE Center provides complimentary professional, business, and ethical practice consulting services for all UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry students and residents during their time in dental school, and for NEW alumni up to three years after they graduate. Our practice consulting services are directed by School of Dentistry alumni S. Jerry Long, DDS and Joe M. Piazza, DDS who both have decades of successful practice experience.

 Practice consulting services offered:

  • Career Consultation
    • Branding for the Healthcare Professional
    • Business Systems
    • Third-Party Benefit Participation
    • Leadership & Communications
    • Resume Review
  • Networking & Relationship Building
  • Contract Analysis
  • Mock Interviews
  • Shadowing/Observation Requests
  • Small Group Meetings
  • Speaker Requests for Student & Professional Organizations

The practice consulting services offered by the PACE Center go beyond the classroom. Our practice 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 positions in dentistry, dental hygiene, education, research, 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

Gisela V. Bona, DDS, MS

Behavior & Emergency Care in Pediatric Dentistry

Behavior management is essential when treating your pediatric patient! This presentation will help you recognize and understand the pediatric cognitive developmental stages linked to behavioral techniques. To aide and better comprehend your patient and adapt to their development stages, video vignettes of behaviors linking to child development that suggest appropriate guidance techniques, will be presented as well as interaction with resources within and/or soon-to-be housed within your very own practice! This course also will review the policy stated to understand the essential duty of every dentist to recognizes emergency care for infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special healthcare needs.
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CST)
Hands-On Course

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS; Shalizeh 'Shelly' Patel; Angie Wallace, RDH

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. We will discuss reimbursement considerations and proper third-party (insurance) submittal procedures. We will practice procedures on porcine tissue to learn the various procedures that can be routinely performed by the dental clinician. Procedures such as frenectomy, biopsy, gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, osseous surgery, tooth preparation and other periodontal procedures will be included for dentists, while hygienists will learn debridement and sulcular decontamination procedures.
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CST)
Hands-On Course

Friday, Oct. 28, & Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Jim Grisdale, DDS

Crown Lengthening for Predictable Esthetic & Functional Restorative Treatment Outcomes: A Hands0on Workshop

This hands-on workshop for will focus on the different techniques utilized in surgical crown extension for esthetic and functional cases. Indications and contraindications for crown lengthening will be addressed. The concept of biologic width and ferrule effect as it applies to crown lengthening will be covered. Proper case selection, flap types and management from incisions, flap elevation, osseous surgery and suturing techniques will also be presented. This course is a must for all dentists who are providing esthetic and functional crown restorations to their patients.
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (CST)
Hands-On Course

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Jared Williams, DDS, PLLC

Demystifying 3rd Molar Surgery for General Practitioners

Each participant will have the opportunity to read CT scans, lay the ideal flap, and suture on manikin models. This session is intended to allow the dentists to be comfortable with both performing the surgery and properly educating patients of the pros, cons, and alternatives of treatment. Either way this course will challenge the way you view 3rd molar surgery as a general dentist forever!
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Hands-On Course

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

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