Courses & Meetings

The courses and meetings listed below are currently available for anyone wishing to increase their didactic knowledge and hands-on skills in forensic odontology or to fulfill requirements necessary to gain membership in various forensic dental organizations in the U.S.. Persons interested in membership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) should familiarize themselves with the minimum requirements as stated below.

An applicant to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Odontology section must complete forty (40) hours of Forensic Odontology education.  This coursework shall be completed in the seven (7) years preceding the application and must include:

  1. A minimum of four (4) hours of Bitemark, four (4) hours of Dental Identification, and four (4) hours of either Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) or Age Estimation;
  2. The balance of courses may be on any topic relevant to Forensic Odontology;
  3. Applicant may gain a maximum of either eight (8) hours of credit by attending the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Forensic Odontology or eight (8) hours of the AAFS Scientific Sessions of the Odontology Section;
  4. Certificates from these courses submitted must contain the learning objectives and outcomes and how those were met as well as the number of hours per topic.

Courses include:

  1. ASFO Annual Meeting. (Pending Approval)
  2. AAFS Odontology Annual Scientific Sessions.
  3. Master After Master Program of Forensic Odontology/Leuven, Belgium – Dr. Guy Williams, & Dr. Patrick Thevissen,
  4. Annual International Association of Coroners and Medical 4 Examiners/Las Vegas, NV – John Fudenberg,
  5. Investigation for Identification/LSU (2015) – Dr. Robert Barsley,
  6. ABFO Age Estimation Workshop – Dr. Jim Lewis,
  7. ABFO Bitemark Workshop – Dr. Adam Freeman,
  8. ABFO Expert Witness Testimony Workshop – Dr. Paula Brumit,
  9. ABFO Dental Identification – Dr. Anthony Cardoza,
  10. Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner’s Office/University of Detroit Mercy, MI – Dr. Alan Warnick,
  11. Fellowship in Forensic Odontology/UTHSC @ San Antonio, TX – Dr. David Senn,
  12. Forensic Dentistry Program/McGill, Canada – Dr. Robert Dorion,
  13. Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry/UTHSC @ San Antonio, TX – Dr. David Senn,
  14. One-Year Forensic Odontology Fellowship, University of Tennessee in Knoxville Medical Center, Knoxville. TN – Dr. Richard Weems, (Pending Approval)
  • ASFO 47th Annual Meeting & Luncheon – New Orleans, LA

    Date: February 14, 2017 - February 14, 2017
    Location: New Orleans, LA Location Assignment - Hyatt Regency - Empire Ballroom D
    Short Description:

    Online registration for the 47th Annual Meeting is now CLOSED. Contact if you are interested in attendance to check for space availability.

    Refund Policy: All requests for refunds must be submitted via e-mail ( Phone requests are not accepted. Cancelled registration fees will be refunded according to this time schedule: Prior to Dec. 31st at 75%; Jan. 1 - Feb. 2 at 60%; No refunds after February 4th. Registration deadline is Feb. 4th.

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  • Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner’s Office

    Date: October 10, 2017 - October 14, 2017
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    Short Description:

    This newly structured, five-day interactive seminar is held at one of the largest medical examiners offices in the country.  Participants will meet the credit hour requirement covering all topics needed to attain associate membership as a Forensic Odontologist in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  Some of the topics are: identification, mass disaster, bitemark recognition, anthropology, toxicology, death investigation, facial reconstruction/DNA, forensic photography, child abuse and the legal system, age determination and advances in the science of forensic odontology.

    35 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

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  • International Conference Forensic Odontology

    Date: September 13, 2017 - September 16, 2017
    Location: Leuven, Belgium
    Short Description:

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,


    Welcome to one of the largest Forensic Odontology conferences in the world. We invite you to participate in the 2017 IOFOS International Conference on Forensic Odontology, organized at the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium September 14-15, 2017.
    The scientific program will cover all aspects of forensic odontology research and practice. It intends to include participations from all those working in the field, ranging from trainees to junior and senior specialists. Over recent years, numerous developments in Forensic Odontology created a need for debates and discussions. The conference program will provide a forum for discussing and debating such controversies in a distinctive format. Pre and post conference workshops will be organized September 13 and 16, 2017.
    The conference aims, not only to introduce and disseminate knowledge, but also to facilitate communication with colleagues from the 33 IOFOS member countries and those from the rest of the world. It will be the ideal opportunity to establish international friendships, partnerships and networks between colleagues. The social program will allow participants and accompanying persons to get to know each other better. Moreover, Leuven offers with a rich academic history, a particular culture, a rich architecture, typical food/drinks and booked good weather the ideal conference venue.
    Welcome to the 2017 IOFOS International Conference on Forensic Odontology in Leuven, Belgium!


    Prof. Dr. Patrick Thevissen

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  • McGill Forensic Dentistry Program 2016-2017

    Date: February 20, 2016 - February 20, 2017
    Location: Montreal, Quebec
    Short Description:

    Course name: Forensic Dentistry
    Course type: Distance learning course and laboratory
    Course offering: Beginning September 2016
    Course awards: A certificate of Accomplishment for the successful competion of each Module; a certificate of training in Forensic Dentistry for the successful completion of all five Modules.

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