Beginning this Fall 2014, pre-medical students applying to Yale School of Medicine will have to meet newly revised admissions requirements.

The changes, which are intended to better prepare prospective students for the medical school curriculum, include an additional semester of biochemistry and one less semester of organic chemistry.

“The additional of the biochemistry requirement stemmed from a desire to even the playing field for all students entering medical school,” said Michael Schwartz, the associate dean for curriculum at the medical school. “Without a biochemistry requirement, first-year medical students currently enter the medical school with differing levels of expertise in the subject. While some students know biochemistry very well, others have virtually no exposure to the field.”

According to the press release announcing the new changes, Yale School of Medicine revisited its pre-medical requirements as the entire nation looks to reevaluate what medical schools should be looking for in prospective applicants.

The new prerequisites come on the heels of many discussions regarding how best to prepare students for medical school and evaluating prospective students from a holistic approach.

And for one prerequisite in particular – organic chemistry – for years questions have been raised about how necessary the infamous “weed out” course was for incoming medical students. As a greater number of medical school begin to adopt the holistic approach when evaluating pre-medical students, there may be more that soon follow in the footsteps of Yale SOM and make changes to what they require from applicants.