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.
  5. Be actively associated with an agency engaged in forensic odontology, and
  6. Have one (1) year or more experience in forensic odontology, and
  7. Two (2) letters of reference. References must be either full Members or Fellows of the Odontology Section of the AAFS and must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. International applicants residing outside of North America (defined as United States, Canada, and Mexico) who are unable to secure the required two (2) letters of reference, may submit one (1) letter of reference from a full Member or Fellow of the Odontology Section of the AAFS and one (1) letter of reference from a non-member who are of appropriate professional standing and can comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications.

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, guy.williams@med.kuleuven.be & Dr. Patrick Thevissen, patrick.thevissen@med.luleuven.be
  4. Annual International Association of Coroners and Medical 4 Examiners/Las Vegas, NV – John Fudenberg, fud@clarkcountynv.gov
  5. Investigation for Identification/LSU (2015) – Dr. Robert Barsley, rbarsley@lsuhsc.edu
  6. ABFO Age Estimation Workshop – Dr. Kathy Kasper, exfiles11@aol.com
  7. ABFO Bitemark Workshop – Dr. Greg Golden, medich@aol.com or Dr. Roger Metcalf, metcalfdds@gmail.com
  8. ABFO Expert Witness Testimony Workshop – Dr. Roger Metcalf, metcalfdds@gmail.com
  9. ABFO Dental Identification Workshop- Dr. Anthony Cardoza, acardoza@abfo.org
  10. Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner’s Office/University of Detroit Mercy, MI – Dr. Alan Warnick, kimberly.mercier@udmercy.edu
  11. Fellowship in Forensic Odontology/UTHSC @ San Antonio, TX – Dr. David Senn, senn@uthscsa.edu
  12. Forensic Dentistry Program/McGill, Canada – Dr. Robert Dorion, rdorion@abfo.org
  13. Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry/UTHSC @ San Antonio, TX – Dr. David Senn, senn@uthscsa.edu
  14. One-Year Forensic Odontology Fellowship, University of Tennessee in Knoxville Medical Center, Knoxville. TN – Dr. Richard Weems, rweems@uab.edu (Pending Approval)
  • ABFO Civil Litigation Workshop

    Date: February 16, 2019 - February 16, 2019
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Short Description:

    American Board of Forensic Odontology
    Civil Litigation Workshop
    Date: Saturday February 16, 2019
    Place: Baltimore, MD
    Time: 8AM-5PM
    Fee: Participants - $750; Observers - $350


    The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) will present another
    Workshop on Civil Litigation (Expert Witness Testimony) in conjunction with the
    American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Meeting in Baltimore, MD. This
    Workshop will be preceded by a pre-Workshop webinar with topics relevant to
    both civil litigation and expert witness testimony. Following the webinar,
    participants and observers will be provided a civil litigation case for review. After
    review of the case provided, participants must provide a written report of their
    opinions in the case as well as a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Fee Schedule. These
    written materials must be provided prior to the Workshop. The Workshop will be
    held on Saturday February 16, 2019 at a location in Baltimore to be announced at a
    later date. The Workshop will be offered to both participants and attendees
    (observers).


    Workshop Logistics
    All registered individuals (participants & observers) will play a role in a mock trial
    of the civil case provided. Participants will be expert witnesses and observers will
    act as jurors in the mock trial. Members of the Civil Litigation Committee will act
    as act as Plaintiff and Defense attorneys. The testimony provided by the
    participants (expert witnesses) will be evaluated by members of the Civil Litigation
    Committee for credit toward one of the two sworn testimony requirements for
    eligibility to challenge the ABFO Board Examination. At the end of the Workshop,

    the jurors (observers) will provide feedback on the testimony provided by expert
    witnesses (participants).


    Workshop Objectives
    All registered individuals should gain the understanding that expert witness skills
    are essential to communication of your opinions in forensic odontology. This
    expertise is a separate entity from the requisite knowledge in dentistry and forensic
    dentistry. In addition, registered individuals will appreciate that this skill set is not
    intuitive, since we are trained as health care providers, not attorneys.


    Communication of your opinion in a legal context is far different than in a dental
    context. This Workshop should provide necessary training in acquiring those skills.


    Continuing Education
    Participants will receive 20 hours of dental continuing education participation
    credit


    Observers will receive 11 hours of dental continuing education credit


    Registration Criteria
    All participants and observers must have a DMS, DMD or equivalent degree.
    Registered Dental Hygienists may register if they are actively involved or testify in
    litigation cases.


    Registration Limitations
    The Workshop registration deadline is September 1, 2018 (or earlier if Workshop
    is full)


    Registration as a participant is limited to 12 individuals


    Registration as an observer is limited to 15 individuals


    Online registration will be available soon and posted on the ABFO website store,
    http://www.abfo.org . Please contact Tom David for additional information via
    email
    tjd214@comcast.net

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  • ABFO Dental Age Assessment Workshop

    Date: February 17, 2019 - February 17, 2019
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Short Description:


    Date: Sunday 02/17/2019 (all day)
    Time: To be announced
    Place: Baltimore, Maryland in association with the AAFS Meeting
    Fee: Participants - $750 Attendees - $350


    The American Board of Forensic Odontology will present an Age Assessment Workshop in conjunction with the 2019 AAFS Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. A portion of the Workshop will be completed by attending a preworkshop webinar and the hands-on portion will be held on Sunday February 17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. 
    The Workshop will offer two forms of participation - “participants” and “attendees”.


    Workshop Objectives:
    All registered individuals will receive didactic instruction regarding the scientific rational and techniques of dental age estimation of infants, children, adolescents and adults. Although the workshops primary focus is dental age assessment, a significant portion of the lecture presentations will also address anthropologic aging including fetal age estimation, epiphyseal fusion, long bone length, bone ossification and hand/wrist evaluation. In addition, all in attendance will receive instruction in the components and preparation of dental age estimation report writing.
    Those enrolled will also have the opportunity to perform hands-on age estimation utilizing the numerous techniques presented.


    At the end of the Workshop,
    “Participants” will be given three dental age estimation cases and will be asked to perform age estimation through clinical and radiographic examination; then submit a written report for each case. The reports will be evaluated by members of the ABFO Age Assessment Committee and the results will be provided to the ABFO Certification and Examination Committee. Those participants who meet the age assessment and report writing standards will receive credit for up to three age estimation cases toward ABFO board case credit.


    Attendees will receive eleven (11) hours of dental participation continuing education credit.
    Participants will receive twenty (20) hours of dental participation credit.


    Prerequisites for registration in the workshop are:
    1. PC laptop computer with USB port.
    2. Practical knowledge and usage of imaging software on their laptop computer.


    “Participants” and “Attendees” must have a DMD, DDS or equivalent degree. (Registered Dental Hygienists are welcome to register if they actively use dental age assessment techniques).


    The Workshop has limited seating and the application deadline is September 1, 2018. Online registration will be posted on the ABFO website store,
    http://www.abfo.org. If you need additional information about the workshop, please contact Kathy Kasper via email at exfiles11@aol.com or call (214) 673-3745.

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  • ASFO 49th Annual Meeting & Luncheon – Baltimore, MD

    Date: February 19, 2019 - February 19, 2019
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Short Description:

    Online registration for the 49th Annual Meeting is NOW OPEN!!!! For space availability after the registration deadline you must contact the Executive Director at: Director@asfo.org

    Refund Policy: All requests for refunds must be submitted via e-mail (director@asfo.org). 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 3rd. Registration deadline is Feb. 8th.

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