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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

Thomas E. Dudney, DMD

To Smile or Not to Smile: Why Truly Understanding Smile Design Principles is so Important to You and Your Patient

Today patients seeking aesthetic procedures and smile makeovers are more knowledgeable than ever of the possibilities that exist and there-fore present with higher expectations. In order for restorative dentists to meet these higher expectations they must not only be able to com-bine art and science, but also possess thorough understanding of smile design principles in order to achieve the desired results. This half day lecture will discuss individually and in detail these principles and illustrate their use with clinical cases. Also included in the presentation will be the importance of composite mock-ups, provisional restorations, laboratory communication, and multidisciplinary team work.
9 a.m. - Noon (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, July 8, 2022

Victoria V. Patrounova, RDH, MHA

Cannabis Use: Weed My lips

Marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes has been legalized in more than 30 states. Patients are more open to talk about cannabis use and might report their use to a dental office. During this course, participants will discuss types of cannabis, methods of use and the prevalence of cannabis use in USA. Synthetic cannabinoid-based medications and indications for their use, as well as systemic and oral effects of cannabis use will be outlined. The participants will analyze the effectiveness of cannabis as an alternative for pain management and potential for inducing addiction. Difference between cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids will be evaluated. The participants will discuss implications of acute and chronic cannabis use on providing routine dental care. The participants will also become familiar with the resources for referral to address drug use and addiction.
1 - 3 p.m. (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, July 8, 2022

Victoria V. Patrounova, RDH, MHA

That Gut Feeling: Gastrointestinal Inflammatory Conditions and Oral Health

Two million Americans are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—Crohn's & ulcerative colitis—and the number is increasing by 70 thousand new cases annually. At the same time, about 10-20% of the adult population has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). During this course, participants will define IBD, IBS and celiac disease and discuss the differences of these conditions, prognosis and methods of treatment. The participants will compare oral signs of these conditions and assess risks for oral diseases. The participants will also evaluate the effects of medications, need for medical consultation, modifications to routine dental care and oral hygiene instructions for patients with these conditions.
1 - 3 p.m. (CST)
Live, Interactive Webinar

Friday, July 15, 2022

John Olmsted, DDS, MS

Excellent & Efficient Endodontics Hands-on Workshop

Work with cutting-edge endodontic technology that will increase efficiency and level of patient care. Practice modern file techniques for safe and effective root canal therapy. Discover obturation and sealer options on a realistic 3-D synthetic tooth.
8:30 - 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Hands-on Course

Friday, July 22, 2022

Alumni News


June 16, 2022
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Just over a decade ago, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry relocated to the south campus of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth Houston opened its first free-standing University...


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