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 November 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty continues. Although the number of cases and the number of deaths attributed to the virus have dramaticaly risen in the USA, the development and projected distribution of vaccines by multiple companies is positive news. Vaccination itself, however, is an enormous undertaking and the speed with which vaccination of large segments of the population can be accomplished is an unknown.
The 2020-21 Fellowship continues virtually but the 23rd Southwest Symposium originally scheduled for October 2020 was canceled. (more information under the Symposium tab)
We will continue to follow CDC and other recommended procedures for safety, and continue safe practices consistent with UTHealth policies as well as local, state, and federal laws.
Distance learning for forensic fellowship sessions will continue at least through February 2021.
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 they are now biannual events in even numbered years. The 23rd Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry originally scheduled for October 2020 will now be planned for 2022.
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. Currently 6 Fellows comprise the 2020-21 Fellowship.
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.