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New Continuing Education Course at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Focuses on Dentistry’s Role in Forensics

May  02, 2012

The Continuing Dental Education division at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has announced a new course focused on forensic dentistry. "Forensic Odontology: Is it CSI Dentistry?" will take place at the Dugoni School of Dentistry on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and is open to all dentists and allied dental professionals. 

The course will be a unique learning opportunity for dental professionals who are curious about their role in forensic dentistry, including how their dental practices could someday be involved in a dental identification or human abuse report. Attendees will learn how dental identification techniques are used in mass disasters, accidents and homicides; how the Department of Justice uses dental evidence in cases with missing and unidentified persons; and the importance of dental records for dental identification in forensic cases.

"Dental professionals can play a role in cases of human identification and missing persons as well as in the recognition and reporting of cases of domestic abuse," said Dr. Duane Spencer, a forensic dental consultant to numerous Northern California counties and the course director. "The attendee will gain an understanding of how the criminal justice system utilizes dental expertise and dental records. This course will be fast-paced and include the presentation of numerous actual cases from northern California as well as 9-11 (the Twin Towers) and Hurricane Katrina."

"Forensic Odontology: Is it CSI Dentistry?" is co-sponsored by the California Society of Forensic Dentistry, and will be led by diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, fellows of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and consultants to the California Department of Justice, Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit. Presenters include Spencer and Drs. John Berk, Gregory Mar and James Wood.

The course is designated for six units of continuing education credit. Tuition is $225 for dentists and $195 for allied dental professionals. The program is schedule to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. To register, visit or call 415.929.6486.

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