Bitemark Workshop (Participant)


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Date: Saturday February 19, 2022 (Sunday before the AAFS meeting), Location: Seattle, WA
Time: Lectures: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Fee: Full participants (Lectures and Workshop): $750
Attendees (Lectures only): $350


“Participants” and “Observers” must have a DMD, DDS, or equivalent degree.


Workshop Objectives:
1) To assess and improve dentists’ knowledge of the principles and practice of recognizing and analyzing patterns and patterned injuries that may be human bitemarks.
2) To assess and improve dentists’ knowledge and understanding of the techniques for comparing dentitions to those questioned patterns and to reporting findings.
3) To provide hands-on training and experience in forensic bitemark recognition and analysis.
4) To provide credit for up to two (2) bitemark cases as required for ABFO board exam eligibility if this workshop is successfully completed by a Participant.


Workshop attendees (Participants and Observers) will have the opportunity to participate in the on-line webinar presentations 60–90 days prior to the February 19, 2021 workshop. The topics covered will include bitemark recognition, photography protocols, the use of Adobe Photoshop®, the evidentiary value of the bitemark (quantitative and qualitative), evidence collection from the bite recipient and suspected biter(s), comparison methods and techniques, report writing, and more.

Participants will receive a bitemark case that shall be fully and completely worked-up independently and without assistance from other persons, in preparation for the February 11, 2021 workshop. Since the object of the exercise is, in part, to establish and assess the knowledge of the Participant and the application of bitemark principles, methodology, terms, standards and guidelines, independent validation and evaluation of the final report will be assessed and scored by ABFO Diplomate proctors present at the workshop. Constructive evaluation of each participant’s case presentation and report by ABFO Diplomate proctors will be shared during a question-and-answer session following each Participant’s case presentation. Workshop Observers, as well as a limited number of ABFO Diplomates, may attend the participants’ case presentations.

A successful Participant who is familiar with the bitemark literature, uses current ABFO bitemark terminology, follows ABFO standards and guidelines, uses recommended analytical and report writing methods, and establishes opinions and conclusions based on the preceding, may be credited for up to two (2) of the bitemark cases required for ABFO board exam eligibility.

Please note that a basic knowledge of the Adobe Photoshop® image management software including creating, editing, and saving files; importing and resizing images; changing canvas and image sizes and resolution; and basic image file management and archiving, etc., is an essential prerequisite to applying for this workshop. Please contact the Bitemark Workshop 2020 Chair for advice if you have concerns about your image management software skills.

The Deadline for registration as a Workshop Participant or Observer is September 1, 2021. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The ABFO reserves the right to limit the number of Participants and Observers to the Workshop. For more information, please contact the Bitemark Workshop 2021 Chair, Dr. Bruce Schrader at

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