Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team

March 2025 meeting details to be announced!

Overview of MERIT Program

The MERIT Meeting is each march at the MDA office. The 2025 event information will be announced here when it is available. 

The Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team (MERIT) is a statewide forensic dental team, which 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 CE program and 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 and forensic dentistry. 



The MDA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at ada.org/cerp.