Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Forensic Bone Histology Course offered by Museum

Description from the AskAFIP website.  The website can be found by following the “Education” tab on the left-side column at .


Forensic Bone Histology Course (5197) July 13, 2009 - July 15, 2009 COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Mass fatality incidents such as acts of terrorism and mass transit accidents often leave human remains fragmented and burned, making identification efforts problematic.  Fragmentary remains prove difficult to identify as human, not to mention estimating the biological age, sex, ancestry and stature from those fragments.  Due to the small size of skeletal fragments, important macroscopic indicators used in establishing a biological profile may be lost.  

With advancements in bone microscopy, researchers have developed techniques that mitigate these problematic cases, as well as improve the overall evaluation of human remains when fragmentation is not an issue.  Through the analysis of bone microstructure it is possible to differentiate human from non-human bone tissue, estimate age-at-death, and identify potentially individuating characteristics, such as dietary deficiencies and disease processes.

This course addresses the application of bone histology to forensic case work through lecture and hands-on activities utilizing bone slides and microscopes.  After attending this course the participant will be familiar with basic microscope instrumentation and bone histomorphology. This knowledge leads to an understanding of how to differentiate human from nonhuman fragments of bone, estimate age-at-death, and evaluate biasing factors of bone microstructure, such as taphonomic effects.  

NOTE:  Each participant will be given the syllabus on CD.  There will be no printed syllabi.



  • Bone cellular biology
  • Basic microscope instrumentation
  • Slide preparation techniques
  • Bone histomorphology and histomorphometry
  • Differentiate human from nonhuman bone
  • Estimate age-at-death
  • Evaluate taphonomic effects on bone microstructure 

Anthropologists, Pathologists, Forensic Scientists and anyone interested in bone mircostructure LOCATION:
The course willl be held at Building 53 (Radiologic Pathology Center), located on Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, across from the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM).  For directions to the facility, visit the museum's website at 


Crowne Plaza Washington DC/Silver Spring

8777 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD  20910


Rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate of $149 single/double or the prevailing government per diem until 6 July 2009.  Reservations received after this date will be filled on a space available basis.  When contracting the hotel to make your reservation to make your reservation, inform them that you are attending the Urological Pathology and Radiology Course.

Complimentary Shuttle is available to and from the campus.

In accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the authors involved in this continuing medical education activity are required to complete Disclosure Declarations.  The authors of this course do not have any financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with organizations that may have a direct or indirect interest in the subject matter of this course. U.S. CITIZENS:
US citizens must provide, PRIOR TO THE COURSE, a clear copy of your birth certificate or the first two pages of your passport.  You will be unable to attend the course without this information. You may receive the syllabus and related material, but no refunds. NON-U.S. CITIZENS:
PRIOR TO THE COURSE, non-US citizens must mail or fax a one of the following:  (1)  a clear copy of the first two pages of your passport with number showing  (2)   a clear copy of your green card with number showing  (3)  a copy of your visa and the DS-2019 form Send to: Department of Medical Education, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 6825 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20306-6000 Fax: (202) 782-5020.  You will be unable to attend the course without this information.  You may receive the syllabus and related material, but no refunds.  If you are sponsored by an ECFMG organization, please verify your status as current and active by including a letter from the program director with your registration form.  If you are affiliated with your country’s government/military, please write to the Office of the Surgeon General, DASG-HCZ-IP, 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3258 [FAX: (703) 681-3429] and provide:  (1) a copy of the application from the course announcement and  (2) a letter from your personnel office certifying full-time employment.  All non-US citizens must make checks or international money orders payable to the American Registry of Pathology.  All payments must be in US dollars and be accompanied by the course application. Send to the Department of Medical Education at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000.

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