Week-Long Course Prepares Professionals for Forensic Dentistry

Photo courtesy of the American Board of Forensic Odontology.

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Photo courtesy of the American Board of Forensic Odontology.

The All That Remains conference will expose dental professionals to current forensic dentistry methods and provide hands-on training for individual and mass-disaster casualty identification in death investigations. Beginning July 30, 2017, the week-long conference will be presented by the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Department of General Dentistry Division of Forensic Odontology and Human Identification. 

“During the course, dental professionals will have training in real-life settings,” said Murray Marks, PhD, director of the Forensic Dentistry Fellowship and associate professor of general dentistry at the university. “Attendees will visit a variety of settings including a courtroom, forensic anthropology laboratory, hospital laboratory, and regional forensic center office.”

The courses also will provide opportunities to perform an oral autopsy, including a jaw resection; witness a forensic autopsy; visit and archaeologically excavate a clandestine grave; and learn how to use entomological evidence for time-since-death estimation. Instructors will include officers from the American Board of Forensic Odontology as well as Bill Bass, PhD, the forensic anthropologist who founded the original “Body Farm” in Knoxville.

Comprising 42.5 credit hours, the conference is a stepping stone to challenge the American Board of Forensic Odontology credentialing examination at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting. These hours also will be accepted by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry for re-licensure credit. Participants located outside of Tennessee should check with their local licensing board.

“We hope that dentists from all sectors will consider joining us for this unique, hands-on training that will prepare them to use this specialized training to aid first responders following mass disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and, more recently, the Smoky Mountain fires,” said Marks.

Enrollment is limited to 45 dentists. It costs $2,695 through July 10, 2017, and $2,895 afterward. For a full course overview and to register, visit http://gsm.utmck.edu/cme/AllThatRemains2017.

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