Ive been working as a dental assistant full time since June and am considering doing something different for the next half of my gap year in between undergrad and D school. Ive learned TONS of valuable things about running a practice, interacting with patients, procedures, billing/insurance, lab work, I've even completed several CE courses. I know that I'm ahead of the game because most other pre-dents don't have nearly as much professional experience. By now though im kinda getting bored at the assistant level and am thinking of doing something different until school starts (if accepted). As dental students, do you think more practice working with patients will give me a big advantage to doing well in d school? Is it worth it to continue assisting to get ass much practice as possible or do you think 6 months full time is more than enough and it won't really be much of an advantage in school? Like I said, im bored to death 50% of the time just cleaning equipment and rooms and managing the schedule. the other 50% when im working with patients is awesome though. any thoughts? Thanks!