Medical doctors often receive little training in nutrition, according to a study by the Nutrition in Medicine Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Surveyed medical doctors also felt their nutrition training was inadequate during their medical education.
In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences set a minimum of 25 hours of nutrition studies for accredited medical schools in the United States. Over the subsequent decade, medical schools continued to decline in providing dedicated nutritional studies. Estimates show only 26 medical schools require the 25 hours of coursework dedicated to nutrition studies, as of 2015. The study concluded that students received an estimated 19.6 hours of nutrition studies.