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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

Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Conscious Sedation Review

This course will present a comprehensive review of the history of nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, stages of anesthesia; anatomy and physiology; characteristics of nitrous oxide; indications and contraindications for nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation; and equipment used for conscious sedation.

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Review & Exam

Friday, March 3

This course is designed to prepare the dental auxiliary (dental assistants and dental hygienists) to obtain certification in nitrous oxide monitoring as mandated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Rebeca Weisleder, DDS

Ins & Outs of Dental Trauma: How Prepared Are We?

Dental trauma is a significant public health problem, from preschoolers to adolescents. Diagnosis and treatment are the most important factors for improving the outcome in every case. This course will describe the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment options for dental trauma in this population.

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hands-on Course

Friday, March 24

Nakul Rathi, BDS, MS

All-on-X Prosthetic Aspects of Immediate Loading

This hands-on course will demonstrate immediate denture conversion to fixed implant-supported prosthesis. Case selection and treatment planning will include patient criterions, anatomy of the jaws, CBCT analysis, 3D planning and implant designs and review of components and materials.

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
Hands-on Course

Friday, April 14

Nikolaos Soldatos, DDS, MSD, PhD, and Pedro M. Trejo, DDS, MS

Master Clinicians Series: Principles for Successful Ridge Preservation Procedures

This course is designed to teach general dentists and specialists how to effectively and predictably maintain dimensions of the alveolar ridge following tooth extractions. This course will demonstrate new techniques in exodontia to atraumatically perform extractions while preserving the bone and cortical plate.

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on Course

Friday, April 21

Alumni News


September 23, 2022
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The Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s 2022 Texas New Dentist of the Year is Lindsey Wendt, DDS, a 2015 alumna of UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry.


Alumni Organizations

Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs