The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Division of Forensics

Fellowship Program

Forensic dentistry is an integral part of the forensic science in answering medico-legal questions involving the dentition and maxillofacial structures. The University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine Fellowship in Forensic Dentistry is a sixteen (16) month program beginning in January of each year providing extensive classroom and morgue-based "hands-on" exposure and training in all aspects of forensic dentistry. All applicants for this Fellowship must have a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree.

The Forensic Dentistry Fellowship instruction includes studies and hands-on experience in the areas of forensic dental identification; disaster victim identification; forensic dental age assessment; human abuse recognition; bitemark recognition, analysis and comparison; jurisprudence; report writing; and, an introduction to forensic anthropology, crime scene dynamics and clandestine grave recovery.

Completion of this program will provide the dentist an opportunity to pursue forensic dentistry careers assisting their local communities, jurisdictions and forensic laboratories. Additionally, it is specifically designed to assist those individuals interested seeking the education, training and experience required to apply for certification in the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO).

Forensic Dentistry Learning Objectives

The educational objectives for the Forensic Odontology Fellowship are:


A “Letter of Continuing Education Hours Awarded; Forensic Dentistry Fellowship" will be issued by the University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine, Department of General Dentistry detailing the modules attended and number of continuing dental education hours available (approximately 450).   No academic degree or certification is awarded.  Successful completion of this Fellowship should meet the educational requirement for membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Odontology Section and the educational requirement for application to the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO).

How to Apply

Applications for the Forensic Dentistry Fellowship will be accepted during the annual open application period (August 15th - November 30th). Applications are not considered complete until dental school transcripts, personal CV, and letter of recommendation are received by the department. All Applicants will be required to complete a background check. The fee for the fellowship is $17,500 USD.

Complete the Forensic Dentistry Fellowship application online. New fellows will be selected in October 2020.

For more information about the Forensic Dentistry Fellowship, please contact Martha Gale.


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