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MERIT: The Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team

The Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team (MERIT) is a statewide forensic dental team. It was born out of the "Great Flood of 1993," during which a small-town Missouri cemetery was washed away and required that scores of bodies be identified for re-interment. A cadre of forensic dentists was called in to perform forensic identification, mostly from outside the state. To provide a local resource for such disasters in the future, a state dental forensic team was formed.

Each year MERIT team members meet for a continuing education and an annual meeting. You are not required to be a member of the MERIT team to attend the CE course. The program is open to dentists, auxiliaries, students or anyone interested in learning about the MERIT program.

Annual Meeting Meeting was March 25, 2017. Thank you to all who attended.

2017 MERIT Meeting Course Details

Field Forensic Odontology

As a Forensic Odontologist, your examinations usually take place in controlled environments: a Medical Examiner's Office, your office, or at a law enforcement entity. There are times, however, when an Odontologist (and possibly staff members) are required to respond to an "out of the office" event. These events could be aircraft mishaps, mass clandestine graves, explosions, etc. How should you prepare for such an event?

If you are called to respond to the "Field," there are some fundamental precepts that are good to know. Personal preparation (both physical and mental), networking, administrative procedures, and possessing the proper equipment are essential in ensuring a successful deployment outcome. This course will cover each of these areas in depth, and provide real-world examples of Field Forensic Dentistry via case presentations.

Course Objectives:

  •  How to define "Field Forensic Odontology"
  • Understand personal requirements to perform Field Forensic Odontology
  • Understand security and safety considerations of performing Field Forensic Odontology
  • Know how to assemble a Field Forensic Odontology kit
  • Know what type of safety equipment is necessary to perform Field Forensic Odontology


  • Scott Henri' Hahn, DMD, DABFO, Fellow AAFS Odontology Section


If you have questions about this meeting please contact Mandy Lewis or call 573-634-3436.

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