Do senior year grades affect admissions chances for traditional applicants?

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Hi guys, I'm a current senior in undergrad applying to MD schools for the 2020-2021 cycle. Because of COVID, my undergraduate institution allowed us the option to take classes P/F for the Spring 2020 semester. Because our classes stayed online for Fall 2020 and will be mostly online for Spring 2021, we are able to change grades to P/F for those semesters too. I got a B- in Physics II with Lab this semester, and I'm not sure whether to leave it as is or change it to P/F. The grade isn't atrocious, but it is the lowest grade on my transcript and it brought my GPA down a good bit. Changing it to P/F would mean that it doesn't have any affect on my GPA.
Can this grade affect admissions decisions at all if it is from a class that was taken after my application was submitted? Are there any other reasons why I should or should not change this grade to P/F? Thanks!
 
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One B- shouldn't bring down your 3.5 year GPA that much. You shouldn't cherry pick P/Fs for any semester.
 
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Mr.Smile12

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Hi guys, I'm a current senior in undergrad applying to MD schools for the 2020-2021 cycle. Because of COVID, my undergraduate institution allowed us the option to take classes P/F for the Spring 2020 semester. Because our classes stayed online for Fall 2020 and will be mostly online for Spring 2021, we are able to change grades to P/F for those semesters too. I got a B- in Physics II with Lab this semester, and I'm not sure whether to leave it as is or change it to P/F. The grade isn't atrocious, but it is the lowest grade on my transcript and it brought my GPA down a good bit. Changing it to P/F would mean that it doesn't have any affect on my GPA.
Can this grade affect admissions decisions at all if it is from a class that was taken after my application was submitted? Are there any other reasons why I should or should not change this grade to P/F? Thanks!
Every health professions program will treat P/F grades differently when it comes to reviewing your application, but I maintain that retaining a traditional grade for relevant prerequisites and upper-level biomedical science coursework will be preferred.
 
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