THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO
CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN FORENSICS
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
History and Mission Statement
Update June 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a period of uncertainty. The effect and length of that period has become clearer but much of the uncertainty remains.
Currently, we are moving forward with the 2020-21 Fellowship but the 23rd Southwest Symposium originally scheduled for October 2020 has been canceled. (more information under the Symposium tab) We will continue to follow CDC and other recommended procedures for safety. Distance learning for fellowship sessions will be used at least through December 2020.
We will proceed only with procedures consistent with safe practices and consistent with UTHealth and all local, state, and federal laws.
Even before the first Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry in 1979, the dental school in San Antonio was already a center of excellence in forensic dentistry. There have been 22 symposium sessions and the 23rd Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry is scheduled for October 19-24, 2020.
The Fellowship in Forensic Odontology accepted its first Fellow in 1999, and since that beginning, 63 dentists have completed the fellowship. Many of those dentists have become forensic odontologists and leaders of regional, national, and international forensic dentistry organizations.
Also formed in 1999, the Center for Education and Research in Forensics (CERF) became the sponsoring organization providing administration for the center's forensic education, (symposium and the fellowship), forensic dentistry services, and forensic odontology research projects.
The Mission of CERF is to provide forensic odontology education of the highest caliber, to encourage and facilitate research in all phases of forensic odontology, and to provide quality forensic dentistry services to interested individuals and organizations.