After finally looking at the residency list and requirements http://www.casprcrip.org/html/casprcrip/pdf/Directory/Dir_MinGPA_crj.pdf It seems there are still options for lots of people with sub 3.0 GPA's. Which leads me to 1. What exactly defines a "good residency"? 2. Does a good residency translate to a higher paying job? 3. Does a bad residency prevent you from anything in your own private practice 4. For the students who fail classes in podiatry school, do they still get residencies? Ive met a few and don't really understand if the minimum GPA is around 2.5 for the lowest residencies, how are they going to manage, is there a loophole to this? 5. Do people at the average residencies (3.0 tier) still have the same opportunities as people at the high residencies. I strongly believe in effort and reward. If someone puts a ton of effort into school and works hard to be the top of their class hopefully they see some benefit compared to the guy who chilled all day and passed classes. However based on the one podiatrist I shadowed, he went to the Fairfax residency , his salary was pretty low (170 k in a long-term established private practice in the silicon valley) with little competition for miles, and he was also struggling and thinking of selling his practice to another podiatrist about 15 miles south.