Too true. A medical education is akin to parrot training; the body of knowledge a medical student must master, the manner of instruction and time frame required renders it impossible for medical students to verify their education. I have had a few scientist type friends attempt medical school, but dropped out because they rejected the lack of verification capability of everything they were being taught. Speaking to many doctors, they are afraid of their own profession. Mix in the American Medical Industry's insistence on profit, and the entire profession falls into suspicion. Doctors are blind, and their opinions need to be treated with respect towards their parrot education and the drumming out of opportunities to question their education and how that impacts a person's critical analysis capability.
It's also disingenuous to ask people "to have an open mind" when the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence and consensus strongly supports evolution. There needs to be a damn good reason to bother looking at a lonely contrarian argument, especially as it has likely been debunked already.
Still, I feel that couching Christian or other religious faith in "theory" language is not completely honest. I don't think anyone really supports intelligent design, as opposed to Jesus speaking the world into being design.
Even a religious theory like intelligent design or creationism should produce abundant physical evidence that could be assessed. And they should attempt to integrate with all neighboring scientific fields of study (geology, anthropology, genetics, etc). But this doesn't seem to happen.
Likewise for ID, which is a property shared between many theories which actually do make predictions. Successful predictions? Maybe not but they do count as hypotheses. (building on the point that nobody in practice actually supports ID, but instead supports a more specific genesis story that happens to fall under ID.)
Now evolution has become the popular opinion. Unsurprisingly, humans continue to be just as closed-minded as before -- unwilling to even consider or debate alternatives.
It's as if, after discovering the Earth is a sphere, continuing to entertain discussion that the Earth might be flat. It's a waste of time.