Within the United States, there are three main professional organizations involving forensic odontology. All three organizations meet annually in February as part of a week-long meeting.
The first of these organizations is the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO). This is the introductory organization that can be joined by signing up on the website and paying nominal annual dues. Membership in the ASFO is open to anyone with an interest in forensic odontology. The ASFO publishes a newsletter several times a year on their website which provides information on a wide spectrum of forensic odontology-related topics. The ASFO is a great way to get involved in forensic odontology and network with both novices and experts in the field. No experience or credentials in forensic odontology are required for membership.
The second organization is the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The AAFS is comprised of eleven separate sections of forensic science. The Odontology Section is comprised of forensic odontologists exclusively. The AAFS is a credentialing organization, therefore membership requires satisfying a list of educational, practice and experience levels in order to join. The website details those requirements.
The final organization is the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). Membership in the ABFO requires candidates for exam eligibility to have significant experience in forensic odontology as well as successfully passing the certification examination. Information about the list of requirements necessary to become exam-eligible can be found on their website.
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