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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
[email protected], 713-486-4028

Featured Events

Exterior of Minute Maid Park and the downtown Houston skyline.

Alumni & Friends Game Day

The PACE Center and Dean John A. Valenza, DDS ’81, are excited to invite UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry graduates to Alumni & Friends Game Day at Minute Maid Park, as the Houston Astros host the Los Angeles Dodgers. This special event coincides with the Star of the South Dental Meeting, making it the perfect opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and colleagues while enjoying an evening filled with camaraderie, memories, and baseball fun on Brew House Deck.

Gates Open: 5:10 p.m.
Happy Hour: 6:30 p.m.
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Friday, July 26

Exterior of the UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry building.

Generations Conference 2024

The PACE Center is excited to present six feature presentations during Generations Conference 2024 at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry.

Private Practice Lecture | Efficient & Stress-Free Dental Practices

Claude L. Nabers, DDS, MSD and Blanche Eaton Nabers Visiting Professorship in Periodontics | Periodontal Maintenance on the Implant Patient

Jack R. Winston, DDS Visiting Professorship in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry | Adhesive Dentistry Magic: It Makes Dentistry Fun Again!

Song Ahn, DDS Endowed Lecture on Implants | A Prosthetic Approach in Implant Dentistry

Ethics & Professionalism Lecture | Principles of Ethics (Dentist’s Version)

Annual Dental Hygiene Lecture | Artificial Intelligence for Diagnosing & Classifying Periodontal Disease

Friday, Sept. 27

ACDE Webinar Series

ACDE Webinar Series

The Association for Continuing Dental Education, along with 35 of its member schools, is jointly providing a series of live webinars. This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental professional’s schedule and interests.

Live, Interactive Webinars

Frequent Offerings

Dental Hygiene Certification in Local Infiltration Anesthesia

Dental Hygiene Certification in Local Infiltration Anesthesia

The PACE Center proudly presents our exclusive Certification in Local Infiltration Anesthesia, meticulously crafted for dental hygienists. Dentists and dental practice owners, ensure your team's growth by sharing this comprehensive program opportunity. When you sign up for our dental hygiene local infiltration anesthesia certification course mailing list, you’ll receive course development updates and offerings.

Coming in 2024

Alumni News


January 11, 2024
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PACE Center Practice Consulting provides advice in career planning, employment assistance, and practice management consultation to all dental students and alumni within three...


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Postgraduate/Advanced Education Programs