Odontology Associate Member Requirements

AAFS Requirements:

The entry level at which most applicants enter the AAFS (with the exception of Trainee Affiliate and Student Affiliate).  Advancement to Member and then to Fellow is accomplished by meeting additional criteria established by each section.  Associate Member status is granted to individuals:

  1. Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
  2. Who have advanced the cause of the forensic science in some other significant manner, and
  3. Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
  4. Who have earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, or from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation.

Odontology Requirements:

  1. Applicant must have earned a dental degree (DDS, DMD, or equivalent); and
  2. Applicant must complete forty (40) hours of Forensic Odontology education. This coursework shall be completed in the seven (7) years preceding the application and must include:
    1. A minimum of four (4) hours of Bitemarks, four (4) hours of Dental Identification, and four (4) hours of either Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) or Age Estimation;
    2. The balance of courses may be on any topic relevant to Forensic Odontology;
    3. Applicant may gain a maximum of eight (8) hours of credit by attending the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Forensic Odontology or eight (8) hours of the AAFS Scientific Sessions of the Odontology Section;
    4. Certificates from these courses submitted must contain the learning objectives and outcomes and how those were met as well as the number of hours per topic; and
  3. Be actively associated with an agency engaged in forensic odontology; and
  4. Have one (1) year or more of experience in forensic odontology; and
  5. Two (2) letters of reference. References must be either full Members or Fellows of the Odontology Section of the AAFS and must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. International applicants residing outside of North America (defined as United States, Canada, and Mexico) who are unable to secure the required two (2) letters of reference, may submit one (1) letter of reference from a full Member or Fellow of the Odontology Section of the AAFS and one (1) letter of reference from a non-member who are of appropriate professional standing and can comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications.

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