POSTPONED: Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner's Office

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - Saturday, October 29, 2022
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Course sign-in opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the course each day.

Course Details

Course Overview

This five-day interactive seminar held at one of the largest medical examiners offices in the country will allow participants of all levels of knowledge and experience to interact with many forensic science disciplines. Participants who complete the five-day program will have enough hours in each area of Forensic Odontology to apply for full membership in the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Days 1 & 2 (Overview)

The first day includes an introduction to forensic odontology, including identification, mass disaster, bitemark recognition, forensic anthropology, and unidentified remains investigations. The second day will concentrate on investigating the cause and manner of death, toxicology, and the role of a medical-legal investigator. The highlight and culmination of the overview portion of the course include viewing forensic autopsies (pathology/odontology) and becoming familiar with the dental and anthropology laboratories.


Days 3, 4 and 5 (Advanced Training)*

The third through fifth days of this course is designed for those that have completed days one and two. The third day of the advanced training will include a discussion on recent advances in the science of forensic odontology, an overview of forensic photography (including hands-on opportunities), mass disaster victim and family management, and age determination from dentition. On Day 4, child endangerment and the Missing Children Clearinghouse will be discussed, and hands-on bitemark and age determination exercises will be held along with WinID training. Day 5 is a full day of an immersive mock mass disaster exercise.

*Participants of the advanced training are encouraged to bring a digital camera (DSLR preferred).

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Compare antemortem and postmortem dental records in the identification of human remains
  • Will be familiar with the WinId computer system, Dexis digital x-ray and Nomad handheld x-ray unit
  • Have a better understanding of the other forensic science disciplines
  • Be familiar with the dental response to a mass casualty situation
  • Understand the recognition, preservation and documentation of bitemark evidence
  • Be familiar with cause and manner of death
  • Identify principles used in age, gender and race determination of skeletal remains
  • Gain awareness of crimes against children
  • Be familiar with research in forensic odontology

Click to view the detailed agenda.


Course Faculty

Gary Berman, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O.
Forensic Odontologist and Course Director

Charles Berner, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O.
Forensic Odontologist

Mary A. Bush, D.D.S.
Forensic Researcher

Peter J. Bush, B.S.
Forensic Researcher

Derek Draft, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O.
Forensic Odontologist

Hanna Friedlander, M.A.
Human Remains Analyst
Intelligence Operations Division
Michigan State Police

Jolene Hardestry
Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, Intelligence Operations Division
Michigan State Police

Patrick Houlihan, D.D.S.
Forensic Odontologist
MDA Forensic Odontology Co-Team Leader

Kelly Kasper
Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office

William T. Lichon, D.D.S.
Forensic Odontologist

Raymond Miller, D.D.S.
Forensic Odontologist

Megan Moore, Ph.D., D.A.B.F.A.
Forensic Anthropologist
Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office

Brian Murphy, D.D.S.
Forensic Odontologist
MiMort Forensic Odontology Team Leader
MDA Forensic Odontology Co-Team Leader

Carl Schmidt, M.D., D.A.B.F.P.
Chief Medical Examiner
Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office

Sierra Onickel 
Lead Photographer
Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office
University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine

Terry Thomas
Special Agent
Crimes Against Children Division
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Allan Warnick, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O. (ret.)
Forensic Odontologist


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this course has been postponed. A 2023 date will be announced in early winter.


Course Location

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office
1300 East Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is closely monitoring and adhering to recommended CDC guidelines.


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Course Credit

CEUs: 2-Days/5-Days: 15/40 CEUs
(Lecture, Hands-On/Participation)

The University of Detroit Mercy designates this activity for 15/40 units of continuing education credit.

AGD Subject Code: 145


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