Course Modules

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Module 1: Dental Age Estimation (DAE) and Body Dental Identification*

Week 1
Introduction to Forensic Dentistry
Principles of a Medico-Legal Autopsy
Principles of Dental Identification

Oral Examination of Children Versus Adults

Week 2
Race and Gender Determination
Cranial, Mandibular, Dental and Arch Morphology

Week 3
Pre-Natal, Child, Adolescent Dentitions
Ageing Techniques
Dental Estimation (DAE) Quicksheets™
Demirjian et al., Moorrees, Fanning & Hunt, Mincer
ABFO Standards & Guidelines for Dental Age Assessment

Week 4
Adult Dentition
Ageing Techniques
Dental Estimation (DAE) Quicksheets™
Kvaal et. al., Cameriere et. al.,
ABFO Standards & Guidelines for Dental Age Assessment

Week 5
Continued…
Adult Dentition
Ageing Techniques
Dental Estimation (DAE) Quicksheets™
Kvaal et. al., Cameriere et. al.,
ABFO Standards & Guidelines for Dental Age Assessment

Week 6
Forensic Photography and Radiography
DNA

Week 7
Categories and Terminology in Body Dental Identification
Comparison of Antemortem and Postmortem Evidence
Overview

* WEEKLY READINGS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, CHAT/ZOOM AND PHOTOSHOP USAGE/EXERCISES.

Dental Age Estimation (DAE) Reports and Body Dental Identification Reports are part of the weekly assignments from weeks 3 through 7.

Module 2: Mass Disaster Management*

Week 1
Medico-legal Work in Major Disasters
Guidelines and Problems in Disasters
Burned, Incinerated and carbonized
Extreme Heat on Teeth, Root Canal Filling, Resins, Ceramics
Trauma and Heat Related Fractures
UV and Dental Restorations, SEM

Week 2
Problems in Mass-Disaster Dental Identification Implants
The Edentulous
Trabecular Bone in ID

Week 3
Role of the Dental Disaster Team in Mass Fatality Incidents
Maintaining Proper Identification
Suicidal Terrorism
The Pathology of Terrorism: Biological, Infectious and Chemical Terrorism
Terrorism X-Ray Screening

Week 4
Design and Assessment of Mock Mass Disaster
Aviation Pathology
Trauma

Week 5
Guidelines for Explosion Fatalities

Week 6
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Adipocere
Luminol
Radiocarbon and Strontium Dating
Thermography

Week 7
Rap Up
Mutilation
Exhumation
Emotional and Psychological Impact
Lessons Learned
Forensic Dental Career

* WEEKLY READINGS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, CHAT/ZOOM AND PHOTOSHOP USAGE/EXERCISES

There is a review of at least one type of disaster in every week of module 2, the object of which is to present different scenarios, conditions, difficulties, levels of preparedness and solutions.

WinID Exercises from Weeks 2 through 7

Module 3: Bitemark Evidence*

Week 1
History of Bitemark Evidence
Child, Sexual and Geriatric Abuse
Bitemark Recognition
Bitemark Terminology, Diagnosis, Bite Recipient/Biter
The Role of Health Professionals, Medical Examiner, Coroner, and Pathologist In Diagnosing Patterned Injuries

Week 2
Photography, Metadata, Lens Correction and Other
Prerequisites to Pattern Analysis
Image Processing, Archiving
Practical Tips in Bitemark Photography and Bitemark Impressions vs Scanning

Week 3
Animal and Carnivore Bitemarks

Week 4
Nature of Bitemarks and Tissue Specimens
Histology and Timing of Injury
Patterns, Lesions and Trauma Mimicking Bitemarks
Pattern Analysis
Digital Analysis

Week 5
ABFO Bitemark Methodology, Guidelines and Standards
Human Bitemarks
Research, Emerging Technologies, and Recent Developments
Biological Evidence, Saliva DNA Recovery
Microscopy

Week 6
Suspect – Intraoral Scanning vs Dental Impressions
3D Dental Digital Models in Bitemark Comparison
ORTHOpix
Quantification, Uniqueness, Probability
Intercanine Distance
Methods of Comparison, Overlays, Digital Comparison

Week 7
Reliability of Bitemark Evidence
Resolving Issues in Bitemark
Contextual Information, Observer, Cognitive, Confirmation Bias
Match and Error Rates in Forensic Science
Evidentiary Value
Forensic Dental Career

Week 8
Science and the Law
Case Law
Contracting with an Expert Witness Courtroom Aids
Dental Expert Witness
Expert Witness Guidelines & Testimony
Expert Disagreement

Week 9
Bitemark distortion
Interpretation of Photographs of Patterned Injury of the Skin
Uniqueness and Individualization in Forensic Science
NAS, PCAST & TFSC Reports
Peer Review in Forensic Science

Week 10
A Historic Perspective of Bite Mark Analysis and Bite Mark Comparison
Forensic Misdiagnosis
Wrongful Convictions and Erroneous Bitemark Opinions
Contextual Contamination of Forensic Evidence by Post-Conviction Litigators
In Defense of Forensic Pattern Identifications
Legal Liability of an Expert Witness

* WEEKLY READINGS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, CHAT/ZOOM,  AND PHOTOSHOP USAGE/EXERCISES

Report writing is a part of weekly assignments from weeks 5 through 10.