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ABFO PRESIDENT GARY BERMAN’S MESSAGE:
I am honored to be able to serve as the President of the ABFO for 2015-2016. I would like to thank all those that encouraged and mentored me. I want to personally thank Dr. Allan Warnick, Dr Jack Kenney, and Dr. Phil Levine (recently deceased) for all their encouragement the past 24 years. It has been a wonderful journey to reach this milestone, and I am humbled as I attempt to lead this fine organization. I thank Dr. Peter Loomis, our immediate Past President for keeping us moving forward during his tenure. I feel like the little brother in school following the older brother that gets straight As. I also want to thank the members of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and the Standing and Ad Hoc Committee members for their invaluable contributions to the ABFO.
I join all of the members of the ABFO in welcoming our newest Diplomate: Dr. Phyllis Ho of New York.
I echo the sadness and sorrow of all of our members in the recent passing of Dr. Philip Levine and Dr. Gerald Reynolds and extend to their families my condolences. Each contributed significantly to the field of forensic odontology and their presence will be missed by all.
I also repeat the prayers and best wishes of our membership for Dr.Skip Sperber who was awarded his ABFO Diplomat Emeritus certificate in California just prior to the meeting.
Congratulations to Steve Kinney on being awarded the Haskell Pitluck award. I join our organization in thanking both Mr. Kinney and Aribex for their support of the ABFO during the past year.
We had a great meeting in Orlando. The Annual ABFO Dinner was well attended and the food and hospitality at Maggiano’s Little Italy was outstanding – thank you Drs. Jan Westberry and Kenneth Cohrn for making all of the arrangements for our meeting. The Age-estimation Workshop on the second weekend as well as the Bitemark Workshop on the first weekend were great successes. Thank you to the members who worked so diligently to put them on and who contributed their time and knowledge as speakers and evaluators. Special thanks to Drs. Lewis, Freeman, and David for steering these workshops. Remember, next year in Las Vegas the ABFO will present workshops on Dental Identification on the Saturday before (Feb 20, 2016) and Civil Litigation on the Sunday before (Feb 21, 2016). Look for info elsewhere on the website.
The Bitemark Proficiency Examination Development Committee in concert with ORA met for a full day in Orlando to continue their work in developing a bitemark proficiency examination.
In order to improve the study of bitemarks the ABFO developed a decision tree to assist practitioners in the proper selection and pathways of analysis in bitemark analysis. The ABFO has conducted preliminary research, presented in Orlando, designed to evaluate the first step of a revised decision tree; statistical analysis of the study showed inconsistent overall agreement among the individuals who participated in the project. The ABFO in reaffirming its commitment to ensure accuracy in bitemark analysis is revising the decision tree to ensure reliable results by forensic dentists and will be conducting additional studies this year.
The Image Series IV Committee will be releasing the newest version this year. It will have a different format and more extensive target market. It will be downloadable from the ABFO website. Please contact Dr. Paula Brumit with any questions, and look for its sale on the ABFO website.
As a result of petitioning from the ABFO and others an Odontology Subcommittee has been created under the Crime Scene Death Investigation SAC. Dr. Barsley was appointed to chair the NIST OSAC Odontology Subcommittee and Drs. Dobrin, Freeman, Lewis, Loomis, McGivney, Metcalf, Senn and Wright along with 7 other members were initially appointed to sit on this subcommittee. Drs. Tewes and Filippi have recently been appointed as affiliates. Dr. Allan Warnick was appointed to the OSAC DVI Subcommittee.
Finally, the ABFO membership at its Monday meeting voted that for ABFO recertification the candidates must attend at least one annual business meeting of the ABFO Diplomates during the five year recertification period.
As always, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors serves you, the Diplomates.
Let’s keep the lines of communication open to enhance the ABFO experience through our
combined efforts, and make this a productive and successful year.
Gary Berman DDS