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The Indian Board of Forensic Odontology
fellowship: A personal experience
Forensic odontology after being included in the
Bachelor of Dental Surgery curriculum in 2007[1]
has come long way. In spite of being a relatively young
branch, it has proudly been in the forefront to absorb
new hi-tech advances for practical use, which is quite
evident in the research publications happening in
Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences (JFDS), an official
publication of the Indian Association of Forensic
Odontology (IAFO).
Through this leer, I on behalf of many dental professional
interested in Forensic Dentistry would like to congratulate
the IAFO for constituting “The Indian Board of Forensic
Odontology (IBFO),” to impart training in Forensic
Odontology. I being one of the 52 students enrolled so
far in 2 years, would like to share my personal experience
with the readers of JFDS about this fellowship being
Usually, the last date for accepting an application for
the fellowship session is the end of November. This
Certicate Fellowship is a distance learning program
of 12 months duration with obligatory 1 week practical
training at Department of Forensic Odontology, SDM
College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, (Karnataka). The
course delivers a wide-ranging theoretical (mostly distant
module) and explicit practical (including case-based)
training in forensic odontology.
The learning experience gained facilitates the
candidates to garner knowledge, skill, and condence
to probe and deliver the responsibilities of a Forensic
Odontologist. The participants enrolled gain knowledge
on various topics of forensic odontology, including age
estimation (radiological/histological, etc.), bite mark
examination, paern marks analysis (lip prints, palatal
rugae, etc.), child abuse Investigation, comparison of
physical evidence, images, biological markers. Report
writing as an expert in civil or criminal maer is an
integral part of entire training.
Both theoretical and practical understanding gained is
assessed through the conduct of theory and or practical
examination. If found procient and accomplished, the
IBFO awards the successful candidate with the “Fellowship
of the Indian Board of Forensic Odontology,” issued by the
IBFO (constituent of IAFO).
Road ahead: (Few suggestions to the curriculum designers,
policy makers and stakeholders of this comprehensive
fellowship from the observations and experiences during
fellowship program):
a. IBFO fellowship is making a huge change in the system
of learning and opened great opportunities for everyone
who wants to learn about forensic odontology. But
addition of online lectures and updates will make the
subject easier and interesting
b. Right now, the 5 days contact program is located in
Karnataka state only, with increase in demand and
resource faculty such centers can be located at other
places in India as well
c. With increase in funds, a few deserving applicants can
be given scholarship entry to the fellowship
d. Forensic odontology is part of undergraduate dental
curriculum in India. Recommendations should be made
to Dental Council of India that fellows of IBFO (since
they have a basic training in this eld) should be given
preference in teaching Forensic Odontology in dental
institutions without internationally qualied forensic
e. Topics on “Dental anthropology” and “Child abuse and
neglected” should be given more emphasis as they are
at a very rudimentary state in India
f. As the number of fellows increase an alumnus group
of fellows can be formed. This group can support IAFO
in its activities and also help juniors who are pursuing
the same fellowship.
In the end, I would vouch to readers that at the culmination
of fellowship you will assuredly have new friendships,
professional/academic connections, and innovative computer
skills that will continue beyond your 12 months with IBFO.
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Letter to Editor
Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences / Volume 9 / Issue 2 / May-August 2017
Financial support and sponsorship
Conicts of interest
Author is not a stake holder and has no personal monetary
interest in IBFO fellowship. This leer is just an opinion
based on experience as a student enrolled for fellowship.
Aman Chowdhry
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty
of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
1. Acharya AB. Education in forensic dentistry in India. J Educ Ethics
Dent 2011;1:45.
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