Fellowship in Forensic Odontology


This fellowship includes comprehensive, intensive and focused background, instruction, and hands on experience designed to prepare dentists for involvement and careers in Forensic Odontology.


The fellowship offers a full range of instruction and experience in Forensic Odontology. 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 and practical experience in forensic odontology.


The program is directed by David R. Senn, DDS. and may include attendance of regularly scheduled lectures in courses given by the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, which are relevant to Forensic Dentistry. The Bexar County Forensic Science Center also provide support and the opportunity for practical experience.

Length of Program

330 (minimum) “on campus” hours plus at least an equal number of off campus hours. The requirements must be completed in a 22 month period (April through 2nd February).

Additional Requirements

Fellows must complete a research project. The results of that project are to be presented orally to the Forensic Odontology Faculty Committee at UTHSCSA and submitted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Odontology Section. 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.


$14,500 plus travel, living expenses, supplies, and incidentals.


"Certificate of Completion of Fellowship in Forensic Odontology" issued by the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and 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 requirement 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
Forensic Webpage

Dept. of Comprehensive Dentistry, MSC 7914
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
Telephone: (210) 567-3379
FAX: (210) 567-1965