- May 7, 2020
I am a current applicant to dental schools and have had 4 interviews at UF, UPenn, Pitt, and UK. I have a 4.0 GPA and 23 AA/23 PAT/ 23 Science average on my DAT. The covid-19 pandemic looks like it will be continuing on for at least the next year. Dental school is extremely expensive and I want to get the most out of it as possible. With four interviews and strong stats I think it is reasonable to say the odds are in my favor that I will get into at least one of those schools. However, Schools are really struggling with patient flow and some schools are even limiting the amount of time dental students can be in lab. I have even heard how schools like NYU are only allowing D4's to see patients. That being said I am considering the route of taking a gap year to work as an assistant and wait till COVID has hopefully chilled out. What are y'alls thoughts on this path? Should I not be worried and just matriculate into dental school anyways or should I put more thought into a gap year?