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NCJ Number: 218490 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Dental Training in the Dental School Curriculum
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:52  Issue:3  Dated:May 2007  Pages:684-686
Author(s): Daniel C. Stoeckel D.D.S; Patricia J. Merkley D.M.D; James McGivney D.M.D
Date Published: May 2007
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After a general review of the status of education in forensic dentistry in America's dental schools, this article describes a training exercise in the forensic identification of victims of a mass disaster, which was developed by the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine as a means of introducing students to forensic dentistry.
Abstract: A survey by Edward Herschaft and Robert Rasmussen published in 1978 found that only half of U.S. dental schools presented any information on forensic dentistry. The schools that did present such information did not include it as a permanent part of the curriculum. In 1990, the Journal of Dental Education published curriculum guidelines developed jointly by the Sections of Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine and Pathology. These guidelines recommended that education in forensic dentistry be "contained in a separate, required course." Ideally, this course would be placed in the third or fourth year of the dental curriculum. The guidelines stated that the "ability to display both wet and dry laboratory specimens is desirable." As an example of the implementation of these guidelines, the current article describes the forensic dentistry portion of the curriculum of the Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine. A 2-hour lecture on bioterrorism is part of the second-year general pathology course. A 2-hour lecture on forensic dentistry is also part of the junior oral pathology course. Independent of a formal course, third-year students participate in a training exercise on the identification of mass disaster victims through dental analysis. A mock transportation disaster was chosen because such events constitute the majority of cases in which forensic dentistry is required for identification. Also, training in identification impresses on students the importance of accurate documentation in dental records. 12 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Curriculum; Dental analysis; Disaster procedures; Emergency services training; Forensic sciences; Investigative techniques; Simulation
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