UTHealth School of Dentistry | PACE Center

OMFP Preceptorship | UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Accepting Applications for July 2024 Enrollment
(Twelve-Month Program | July 2024 through June 2025)


The Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences offers an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP) preceptorship for dentists who have attained a significant level of OMFP training/experience at institutions outside the U.S., and are interested in pursuing a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology or Oral Medicine or Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. This program is also open to graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada.


The objective of the preceptorship is to improve the participants' clinical and microscopic skills for diagnosing oral and maxillofacial diseases. Participants will complete a short-term research project on a subject relevant to OMFP. 


This is a full-time, non-provider program consisting of didactic, clinical, microscopic, and research training offered by the department. Due to the demands of the full-time program, outside activities that can interfere with the program are not permitted.



About the Program

Program participants are expected to obtain advanced knowledge in the following areas:

  • Diagnosis and management of oral mucosal disease
  • Diagnosis and management of non-surgical salivary gland disorders
  • Oral/dental management of complex medically-compromised patients
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain and other neurosensory disorders
  • Identification of diagnostic radiographic findings of neoplastic and non-neoplastic jaw bone disorders
  • Understanding and correlating the gross and microscopic characteristics of biopsy specimens
  • Use of cone beam CT in the diagnosis oral and maxillofacial diseases


It is therefore anticipated that the expected level of competence of OMFP preceptors at the end of this program will be such that they are capable of providing an independent diagnostic service at a level that is usually obtained in established centers.


The curriculum involves all aspects of the educational components of OMFP, including but not limited to:


  • Predoctoral and postdoctoral level courses
  • Departmental, school, and campus-wide seminars
  • Diagnostic histopathology, and advanced laboratory and microscopic studies of oral diseases
  • Observation of departmental faculty in their intramural clinical oral pathology/oral medicine/oral radiology practice


The curriculum does not include direct patient care.




Preceptors will be required to attend the following predoctoral and postdoctoral didactic courses:


Fall Semester


  • Pathobiology, DENF 2705


Spring Semester:


  • Oral Diseases, DENS 3705
  • Graduate Oral Radiology, DHCT 2205


In addition to the didactic curriculum, participants will have opportunities to rotate through the Oral Medicine/Clinical Oral Pathology and Diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology clinics.


Participants will attend weekly resident seminars discussing clinical and microscopic findings of unknown cases of biopsy specimens taken from the head and neck.


Participants will also be encouraged to complete a short-term research project on a subject relevant to OMFP and publish/disseminate the results.


Program Fees

Total Estimated Program Cost: $36,000


Includes fees for:

Professional Liability Insurance
Student Health Services

Patient and Clinical Services

Technology and Library Fees


As the preceptorship is a non-accredited program, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry cannot provide financial assistance toward tuition and fees.


Acceptance into the program does not allow for refunds of any tuition and fees. Failure to make program payments in full will result in dismissal from the program.


Required Documentation

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation along with the completed application:


  • Resumé or C.V. (in English, listing academic history, certifications, licensures, employment, and training experience)


  • Official copy of your dental school diploma (with English translations, if applicable)



  • Two letters of recommendation from dental professionals


  • A copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores (required for non-U.S. Citizens/Non-Permanent Residents)


  • A copy of your Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) score (Not required for Periodontics and Prosthodontics preceptorships)


  • Health records completed by a health care provider (with English translations, if applicable):


  • A copy of your current CPR certification (front and back of card)


  • A copy of photo identification:
    • For U.S. Citizens: Copy of your federal or state-issued photo identification
    • For U.S. Permanent Residents: Copy of your Permanent Resident Card
    • For Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents: Copy of your passport identification page, visa stamp and I-94 (if applicable)

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Application Fees and Deadlines

Application Fee:

  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident: $500.00
  • Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident: $750.00


Important Notice:

  • Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Payment is required to begin processing your application
  • Payments will be collected online (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
  • If you wish to pay by check or money order, please make payable to UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, PACE Center, and include with your mailed application.


Application deadline for July 2024 entry: November 1, 2023


Late applications will be accepted until November 30, 2023 with a $250 late fee.


Our preceptorships are not required for dentists (U.S. and/or internationally-trained) to apply for UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry Advanced Education programs.

Acceptance into a UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry preceptorship does not guarantee acceptance into any of our Advanced Education programs. Interested individuals must apply through standard procedures.

Our dental preceptorships do not award academic credit. Participants will receive a letter of completion upon completing the program.

For inquires regarding licensure in Texas, visit the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website. Information about licensure in other states is available from the ADA website under 'licensures.

Non-U.S. Citizen Information

If you are a Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident applicant, we will work with our Office of International Affairs to assist with the appropriate documentation needed for you to enter the U.S. to participate in the program.


The process can take between 8 - 12 weeks and must be completed before you enter the U.S. Please be aware that the Office of International Affairs will require you to submit documents of financial support in order to process a visa.

Contact Information

Program Administration:
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054


Phone: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037
Email: PACE@uth.tmc.edu


Contact the PACE Center for application process questions.



OMFP Preceptorship Director:

Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DrMedDent, DMD

Email: Nadarajah.Vigneswaran@uth.tmc.edu

Contact Preceptorship Director for didactic and clinical questions.