I heard that many PGY1 residences will cut off applicants with a GPA below 3.5. As a P4 looking to apply to residencies in the Chicago area, I'm pretty worried with my GPA of 3.44. I do have VALOR intern and retail work experience, research, publications, leadership on local, regional, and national levels, teaching assistant experience, clinical competition experience, various volunteerism, and a poster submission for Midyear. Will my extra activities likely balance my GPA? I would love to get a residency in a big city, but I'm starting to think maybe I'm not being realistic. Should I mainly apply to programs in smaller cities to improve my chances of getting a residency?