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Forensic dentistry

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by NLS, Apr 6, 2001.

  1. NLS

    NLS

    Does anyone know the route to this career, obviously after attending dental school?

    Thanks for any replies!!!
     
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  3. joules32tth

    joules32tth New Member

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    I have just recently attended a lecture by Dr. Skip Sperber, a leading forensic odontologist. He had mentioned that this a very difficult area to get into and the best advice he could give to someone truely interested would be to join ASFO (ASFO.net) and call your local county coroner's office to volunteer your time if you already have a dental background(i.e. RDA,RDH,etc..). This will allow you to learn more hands on aspects of the field and gain the proper connections for later reference. If you have any further questions e-mail me at:[email protected]
     
  4. FutureMD

    FutureMD Junior Member
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    Just curious:

    What makes getting into forensic dentistry difficult?

     
  5. joules32tth

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    I would assume because it is such a limited field when it comes to the amount of cases. Most of the research that I have found has been dentists with a strong law or general forensic background. Also, in California, it has been especially difficult for dentists and staff to get involved because of evidence tampering. Ever since the O.J. trial Calif. has cracked down on the handeling of evidence. This is just what I have found in my recent research and also in speaking to Dr. Sperber. It may vary from state-to-state. I am from Calif. so I have been looking into my opportunities in this field.
     

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