COMPREHENSIVE DENTISTRY

Fellowship in Forensic Odontology: A Seminar Series

Purpose

This fellowship consists of a series of seminars and opportunities that provide comprehensive, intensive, and focused background, instruction and observational experience designed to prepare dentists for involvement and careers in Forensic Odontology.

Description

The fellowship offers a full range of instruction and evidence-based exposure in Forensic Odontology. Seminar topics covered include radiographic and photographic imaging principles and interpretation, dental identification of human remains, disaster victim identification and multiple fatality incident management, bitemark interpretation, analysis and comparison, dental age estimation, recognition and case management of victims of abuse (child, adult, elder), overview of forensic anthropology, and the principles and practical aspects of relating to the legal system. This Fellowship is designed for dentists who seek comprehensive information related to forensic odontology.

Administration

The program is directed by David R. Senn, DDS, and includes attendance of regularly scheduled seminars regarding Forensic Dentistry given by the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. The Bexar County Forensic Science Center and the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office also provide support.

Length of Program

There are 330 minimum “on campus” hours consisting of multiple seminars, independent research, and evidentiary experiences, plus, at least, an equal number of off campus research hours. The requirements must be completed in a 23 month period (April through February).

Additional Requirements

Each Forensic Odontology Fellow must initiate and complete an independent research project. The results of that project are to be presented to the Forensic Odontology Faculty and invited guests at UTHSCSA prior to the completion of the fellowship period. Results of the research project must also be submitted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The presentation may be in the Odontology Section or another section of the AAFS. If not accepted and presented at the AAFS annual meeting, the results must be presented at another national or international forensic meeting. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged but not mandatory.

Tuition

$14,500 plus travel, lodging and meal expenses, supplies and incidentals

Credentials

Upon successful attendance at all required seminars and completion of the mandatory research project, a certificate of completion for the fellowship will be issued by the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, specifying the scope of the program of instruction. Hour-for-hour CE credit will be documented but no academic credit is offered in this Fellowship. Upon successful completion of this fellowship, a dentist will meet the education requirements for membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the education requirement for application to the American Board of Forensic Odontology.

Dr. David Senn
Email: senn@uthscsa.edu
Fellowship in Forensic Odontology
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
Mail code 7914
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900