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Mastertrack Presents: So You Want To Be A Forensic Dentist: Forensic Odontology: The Basics and Beyond / Identifying the Victims of a Mass Disaster

Friday, September 27 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, September 28 @ 5:00 pm

Free - 1075.00$

So You Want To Be A Forensic Dentist…

Forensic Odontology:

Day 1: The Basics and Beyond

Day 2: Identifying the Victims of a Mass Disaster

Presented by Dr. Howard Cooper, Dr. Stuart Alexander & Dr. Gary Berman

Friday-Saturday, March September 27-28, 2024


Dr. Howard Cooper graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry in 1991 and started his forensic studies in 1990. He had the privilege of attending the Mass Disaster Course at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in the late 90’s and joined DMORT Region V at that time. In 2003, he joined the DMORT Weapons of Mass Destruction/All Hazards team and remained on that team until it was dissolved in 2018. Dr. Cooper was deployed to New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Cooper has received many accolades over the years, but he’s most proud to have received the Illinois State Dental Society President’s Award, the NDMS Response Team Distinguished Member of the Year Award, and the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also quite honored to be a founding member of the US Department of Homeland Security, From 2016-2020, Dr. Cooper was the Coroner of Lake County Illinois, where he managed over
2200 death investigations. During his tenure, the office became accredited by the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, which was the first time in the county’s history.

Dr. Cooper is a member of many dental organizations and has served in many elected positions. He is a past President of both the Chicago Academy of General Dentistry and the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and he is the current President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

Dr. Cooper is still an active member of DMORT Region V and continues working with Coroners and Medical Examiners across the country doing dental identifications. In addition, he continues to lecture throughout the country on forensics and he still enjoys treating the dental needs of thousands across Lake County.

Dr. Gary Berman is a Board Certified Forensic Odontologist consultant at the Washtenaw County, Wayne County Michigan, Genesee County , and Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office and Sparrow Forensic Services, Lansing Michigan. Dr. Berman is a member of DMORT region V, having responded to the WTC disaster, Hurricane Katrina disaster and Comair 3272 crash.

Dr. Berman is a founding member of MiMORT (Michigan Mortuary Operations Response Team) and currently serves on it’s command staff and go-team, and is the current Morgue Operations Chief. He is the past assistant team leader of the Michigan Dental Association’s Forensic Dental Identification Team, a component of MiMORT. Dr. Berman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a past President of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a past Chair of the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a past
President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. Dr. Berman has served as a Trustee of the Forensic Science Foundation and served on the Foundation’s Executive
Committee as Secretary.

He also serves as a member of the AAFS ASB DVI Consensus Body. Having both co-authored chapters in the Manual of Forensic Odontology, 4th and 5th Edition, along with having lectured throughout the country on mass disasters, he currently continues to teach forensic odontology giving lectures at dental schools, State Dental Meetings and community colleges.

Dr. Berman is a previous award winner of the AAFS Reidar Sognnaes Award (2024), which recognizes significant contribution and achievement of an individual in the field of forensic odontology and the AAFS Lester Lunz Odontology Award (2018), FBI CJIS Division Assistant Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service (2008) and the Michigan Dental Association’s Dentist Citizen of the Year – (2002).

Course Objectives:

Following this presentation, dentists will:

  • Understand the history of Forensic (Dentistry) Odontology.
  • Understand the methods used to identify deceased individuals when visual identification is not possible
  • Understand why dental evidence is different from other identification modalities.
  • Understand the role of an Odontologist in both the Medical Examiner’s Office and in Mass Disasters
  • Understand the current role of bitemarks.
  • Understand how to aid Law Enforcement in victim identification.
  • Understand why our record keeping makes a difference in identification.
  • Understand what is considered a Mass Disaster and why.
  • Understand NAMUS ‘s role in helping to identify deceased unknown individuals
  • Understand the role of both the Federal DMORT and state disaster teams

Please note that this course will contain photos of actual cases, which may be disturbing to some people.


Who Should Attend?

These hands-on programs were created for AGD Fellows aspiring to be AGD Masters, but we’ve discovered that they may benefit all dentists, from new graduates to seasoned practitioners.

CE Credit:

16 hours of participation credit for those who attend the 2 days of lecture and hands-on. 34 total hours of participation credit to those who attend the 2 days of lecture and hands-on, complete the assigned protocol in their office, and return to document the protocol assignment.


Friday & Saturday, September 27-28, 2024

8:00AM – 12:00PM Lecture and/or Hands on

12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM – 5:00PM Lecture and/or Hands-on

Program Site:

GC America Inc

3737 W 127th St,

Alsip, IL 60803 708-371-7300


The total tuition for Premasters for this course, which includes the reporting session is $. MAGD’s receive a $100.00 discount and pay $. Non-AGD member is $. Tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch Friday & Saturday, and a banquet on Friday evening at 5:30PM. Please indicate on your registration whether you will be attending the banquet. Thank you. Friday night dinner is at Zachary’s Grill Located in: Westgate Valley Commons Address: 13415 S Ridgeland Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463 Time: 5:30pm A shuttle can be arranged to Zachary’s Grill if needed with notice.

 Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-Alsip Address: 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803 Phone: 800-222-8733 Rate: $121 + Tax

Shuttle from Midway Airport to the Hotel; 10 miles approximately 30 minutes. Reservations can be made online at www.ChicagoAlsip.DoubleTree.com, or by calling 800-222-8733, and referencing DE3 to obtain the discounted rate of $121 plus tax per room per night. Guests must make reservations by the cutoff date of 8/29/24.  (When you go to the website-put in your dates and then click on Special Rates and put in DE3 and it will go right to your room with the correct rate of $121. If you have Hilton points be sure to login in first.) If guest will be making the reservation after the cutoff date for each block indicated above, then they must click on this link and the corporate code of 0560081829 should automatically populate the discounted rate assuming the hotel has rooms available to book. *Guestroom reservations must be cancelled 48 hrs. prior to arrival or your credit card will be billed.

**Dr. Gibbs can arrange a Shuttle for the doctors from the Hotel to GC America at 7:15 am Friday and 7:30 am Saturday. A shuttle can be arranged to take people back to the hotel as well and to dinner on Friday.  Please email Dr. Jessica Gibbs at [email protected] if you will require Shuttle service

GC America is 1.7 miles and approximately 8 minutes from the DoubleTree Hotel.

 Protocols-Note Protocols will be on Zoom until further notice.

The Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and the Wisconsin Academy of General Dentistry are pleased to present this program leading to Mastership certification in the Academy. To complete the Mastership Program, candidates must enroll for 600 hours of continuing education, 400 of which must be of participatory nature.

Protocol Reporting Session via Zoom
Please RSVP to Dr. Jessica Gibbs at [email protected] by September 10, 2024 to present protocol reports on Thursday, September 26, 2024 at 6:00pm.
A Zoom link will be emailed to you.

NEW DENTISTS!!! Three (3) full Scholarships will be made available at each program to AGD member dentists who have graduated less than 3 years ago! For more information contact: Dr. Jessica Gibbs at [email protected] or Maureen Kugel @ [email protected].


Friday, September 27 @ 8:00 am
Saturday, September 28 @ 5:00 pm
Free - 1075.00$
Event Category:


GC America
3737 West 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803 United States
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Dr. Jessica Gibbs


Type of Event
Lecture & Participation


Pre-Master Dentist-MT-Forensic Odontology-9/27-28/24$975.00

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MAGD Dentist-MT-Forensic Odontology-9/27-28/24$875.00Dentist with their Mastership Award

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Non-AGD Dentist-MT-Forensic Odontology-9/27-28/24$1,075.00

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Region 17 Dentist-MT-Forensic Odontology-9/27-28/24$682.00

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