ABFO Bitemark Workshop | American Society of Forensic Odontology

ABFO Bitemark Workshop

Date: February 15, 2020 - February 15, 2020
Location: Anaheim, CA
Contact Information:
Website: http://www.abfo.org/shop
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Date:     Saturday, February 15, 2020, Anaheim, CA

Time:    8:00AM – 5:00PM

Place:      TBA

Fee:        Participant    US$750

Observer       US$350



“Participant” and “Observer” must have a DMD, DDS or equivalent degree.


Workshop Objectives:

  1. To provide hands-on training and experience in forensic bitemark recognition and analysis.
  2. To provide credit for two (2) bitemark cases required for ABFO board exam eligibility if this workshop is successfully completed by a Participant.


Workshop attendees (Participant and Observer) will have the opportunity to participate in the on-line webinar presentations 60–90 days prior to the February 15, 2020 workshop.  The subjects covered will include bitemark recognition, photography protocols, the use of Adobe Photoshop®, the evidentiary value of the bitemark (quantitative and qualitative), evidence collection from the bite recipient and suspected biter(s), comparison methods and techniques, report writing, and more.


Participants will receive a bitemark case that shall be fully and completely worked-up independently, without assistance from other persons, in preparation for the February 15, 2020 workshop.  Since the object of the exercise is, in part, to establish the knowledge of the Participant and the application of bitemark principles, methodology, terms, standards and guidelines, independent validation and evaluation of the final report will be assessed and scored by ABFO Fellow proctors present at the workshop. Constructive evaluation of the Participant’s case presentation and report by ABFO Fellow proctors will be shared during a question-and-answer session following each Participant’s case presentation.  Workshop Observers, as well as a limited number of ABFO Fellows, may attend the Participants’ case presentations.


A successful Participant who is familiar with the bitemark literature, uses current bitemark terminology, standards and guidelines, accepted analytical and report writing methods, and establishes opinions and conclusions on the preceding, shall be credited for two (2) of the bitemark cases required for ABFO board exam eligibility.


Please note that a basic knowledge of the Photoshop® software including creating, editing, and saving files; importing and resizing images; changing canvas and image sizes and resolution; and basic image, file management and archiving issues, etc., is an essential prerequisite to applying for this workshop.


The Deadline for registration as a Workshop Participant or Observer is September 1, 2019.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The ABFO reserves the right to limit the number of Participants and Observers to the Workshop. For more information, please contact the Bitemark Workshop 2020 Chair, Dr Robert Dorion at RDorion@abfo.org