The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of the universities and the research and education teams imparting “Forensic Odontology” at undergraduate level in Chile. A qualitative cross-sectional study was conducted during 2017. Information was sought from the institutional websites of universities that impart Dentistry degrees. When the information was not available, it was requested via email to the respective authorities. A search was conducted to identify Chilean publications that deal with the topic of forensic dentistry, in the Medline, SciELO, Lilacs and Cochrane databases. Those authored or co-authored by academic(s) teaching in Chile were identified. “Forensic Odontology” is taught at undergraduate level in 17 of the 21 universities that impart the career of Dentistry in Chile, being mandatory in 16 of schools, and an elective in one of them. Of the 29 academics who teach the subject at undergraduate level in Chile, only three have the specialty of OL. Only 28 scientific publications in the area were found in the last ten years, whose authorships correspond to five academics in the field, teaching at undergraduate level. In Chile, “Forensic Odontology” at the undergraduate level, is mainly imparted by dental surgeons not specialized in the subject, in accordance with the fact that the specialty began to be taught in Chile only in 2015. It is imperative to increase the amount of research in forensic odontology conducted by the academics, in order to develop the area at the university level, to improve knowledge in this discipline and consolidate it as a science.
KEY WORDS: dental education, forensic odontology, dental research, professional competence.
How to cite this article
LAGOS, T. D.; BRAVO, R.L.; RAMOS, M. J. L. & CIOCCA, G. L. Teaching and research in legal dentistry in Chile: current situation and challenges. Int. J. Odontostomat., 12(3):275-279, 2018.