Course name: Forensic Dentistry
Course Director: Dr. Robert B.J. Dorion, Assistant Professor, McGill University
Course Description: The examination, interpretation, and presentation of dental and oral evidence for legal purposes
Forensic Dentistry Foundational Issues:
Human identification by comparative dental analysis
Human age assessment by dental analysis
Analysis of the suspected pattern of dental origin
Comparison of bitemarks to dentition
Oral and facial injuries
Human abuse and neglect (Child, Sexual, Intimate Partner and Elder)
Dental Litigation (Fraud, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Expert Witness, etc.)
Forensic Dentistry Involves:
Dental Age Estimation (DAE)
Indentification of the living and the deceased
Bitemark identification, analysis, and comparison
Lip print indetification, analysis, and comparison
Rugae print identification, analysis, and comparison
Patterned injury identification, analysis, and comparison
Identification of dental specimens at a crime scene or elsewhere
Evaluation of oro-facial trauma and compensation
Malpractice and negligence in dentistry
Forensic Dentistry Means of Identification:
TEETH: natural and synthetic (fixed and removable)
BONE: trabecular pattern, tori and osseous anomalies
PRESENCE OF FOREIGN BODIES: implants, unretrieved amalgam particles, surgical instruments, bullets, fragments of various origins
SINUS CONFIGURATION: maxillary and frontal
SOFT TISSUE FEATURES: rugae (rugoscopy) and lip (cheiloscopy, quieloscopy) prints
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPARISON: facial or dental superimposition or approximation
DENTAL and SALIVARY DNA
Course Type: Distance learning course*
The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge in forensic dentistry. In addition, registrant who successfully complete the four modules should attain the necessary knowledge, education, training, and experience to partially fulfill the requirement for board eligibility for the American Board of Forensic Odontology
August 13 - September 16, 2023 Module 1
September 17 - November 4, 2023 Module 2
November 5 - December 9, 2023 Module 3
January 14 - April 13, 2024 Module 4
APPLICATIONS FOR THE FORENSIC DENTISTRY PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2023
Course Fees: See Application Form 2023-2024
All modules receive Continuing Education Credit from the Quebec Order of Dentists (ODQ) and can be applied as credit to The American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Odontology Section, and the American Board of Forensic Ondotology in partial fulfilment to exam eligibility.
Course Awards: A registrant who completes the time requirements, theoretic, analytic, practical assignment and the examination components of a module receives:
a Continuing Education attestation on completion of a module, or
a Continuing Education certificate in Forensic Dentistry following completion of all four modules.
McGill Continuing Dental Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
Course applicants must possess a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a recognized academic institution. All course registrants must possess a license to practice dentistry and have at least 5 years of clinical experience. Course applicants must have a working knowledge of Photoshop / Creative Cloud(c) (Adobe Systems Inc)
The faculty reserves the right to accept applications (or not) after the application deadline. For late applications contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Course registrants must partake in weekly webinars with fellow registrants and/or individual instruction/discussion with the Course Director.
Course registrants must possess a notebook/portable PC/Ipad or comparable computer, a variety of software programs including Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud(c) (Adobe Systems, Inc.) subscription, a digital camera with downloading capabilities and high-speed Internet access.
McGill University, the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, and the Course Director reserve the right to limit the number of modules offered in any given year, to cancel a module, and to restrict the number of registrants in any given module.
All course material, lectures, correspondence are in the English language,
All listed fees/dues are in Canadian funds.
*McGill University, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, is proud to have been the first academic institution to offer a forensic odontology/dentistry online course since 2004. The advantages of a distance learning course include arranging your professional and personal schedule without disruption, without loss of income as a result of having to refuse patients, pay wages to personnel, as well as the costs of travel, ground transportation, accommodation, other additional expenses, delays, time lost, and other external factors over which one has no control such as pandemic travel restrictions, flight cancellations, etc.