Where are you guys all viewing the stats? I don't see them up there anymore. This past cycle they made you type in your id number and password before accessing any of the stats or post-match info.
Looks like the price to register with Match has gone up from $60 to $70.
drPheta, it's not a bad idea to apply to a GPR/AEGD if you are applying to specialty at the same time. I did this. Since I found out I didn't match into ortho on Dec. 8, I then attended all my GPR interviews and submitted another match list to participate in phase II and matched into a GPR on Jan. 26. When the GPRs asked "Where do you see yourself in five years" and other similar questions, I told them upfront that I had applied to ortho, didn't get in this year, and was planning to reapply. This way, I wouldn't get stuck attending a program where they don't like people using their program to go on and specialize. Two programs didn't care that I had applied and encouraged me to reapply, a third one gave me a hard time about it and I subsequently ranked them third on my list of three.
Yes, even the bottom student in a class can get a GPR/AEGD. I don't see the link on the Match site anymore of the programs that did not fill, but those 243 GPR/83 AEGD unfilled spots are looking for any warm body to come to their program and do some dentistry. And programs understand too that being at the bottom of your class does not mean you are a bad dentist.
biogirl, the difficulty of getting into a GPR/AEGD of your choice depends exactly on what your choice is. There are some programs that are highly sought after and get tons of applicants and never have spots open post-match, and some that have all their spots open post-match. For example, there is a GPR in Long Island at the North Shore Hospital that a lot of my classmates wanted to attend (at least 5 of them put it as their #1 choice, possibly more, and more than 5 definitely applied). For me, however, I didn't even consider North Shore even though I had the stats to get an interview. The location just didn't appeal to me, so I really wasn't willing to consider what else the program had to offer. At the same time, my #1 choice had some of their spot open post-match, but does that mean it's less competitive or not as good? I don't know, but their program had several components that I liked that none of the other places I considered offered. My #3 choice was #1 for two of my classmates. I didn't really want to go there unless I had to, yet they wanted to be there so badly.
Check out the hospitals in the area you think you want to be in, and then apply to the ones you'd like to attend. Like dental school, the better your stats, the more likely you'll get an interview, but there are tons of GPRs so anyone who wants to do one can, regardless of your class rank. You also need to rank enough programs you can see yourself attending. Of the 5 who put North Shore first, 2 got in. The other three - one got into choice #2, another into choice #3, and the third student didn't rank any other programs (not a good idea), so had to call around post-match to get a spot.
Don't freak out about it now. Wait till you start dental school, and ask your upperclassmen for advice, but be sure to do some of your own research and make your own decisions when you apply.