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, nicole.charlton@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. Forensic Dentistry Fellowship, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (Knoxville, TN) – Dr. Jim Lewis, Director jmlewisdmd@knology.net; Fellowship information: http://gsm.utmck.edu/dentistry/fellowship.cfm#forensic
  15. Forensic Odontology National Conference: All That Remains; University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (Knoxville, TN); Offered in the summer of odd years; Dr. Jim Lewis (jmlewisdmd@knology.net) Meeting information: http://gsm.utmck.edu/cme/cme_courses.cfm
  16. Clandestine Grave Recovery for the Forensic Dentist; University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (Knoxville, TN); Martha Gale (MGale@utmck.edu); Course information: http://gsm.utmck.edu/cme/cme_courses.cfm
  • 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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