A medical student at Wake Forest University has been placed on leave after appearing to brag on Twitter that she had intentionally harmed a patient who had made fun of a pin the student wore displaying the words “she/her.”
According to Kychelle Del Rosario, a fourth-year student at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, she intentionally missed the patient’s vein during a blood draw, causing multiple extra needle sticks to finally obtain the blood.
“I had a patient I was doing a blood draw on see my pronoun pin and loudly laugh to the staff ‘She/Her? Well of course it is! What other pronouns even are there? It?’ I missed his vein so he had to get stuck twice,” Del Rosario tweeted last Tuesday.
“This student’s tweet does not reflect how Wake Forest University School of Medicine treats patients and provides patient care,” tweeted the school in response. “We are taking measures to address this with the student.”
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This student’s tweet does not reflect how Wake Forest University School of Medicine treats patients and provides patient care. We are taking measures to address this with the student.
— Wake Forest University School of Medicine (@wakeforestmed) March 29, 2022
Del Rosario has since deleted her social media accounts.
On Monday, Fox News’ Gregg Re shared a statement from the school that says Del Rosario had apologized, but been put on leave.
UPDATE: @wakeforestmed says the student who boasted about mistreating a patient has been placed on a "leave of absence." The school claims "all of our procedures were followed." (?) The school does nothing to address the student's boasting about harming a patient. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FMBxJ7Scp1
— Gregg Re (@gregg_re) March 31, 2022
Last year, Del Rosario published an essay in a local newspaper arguing in favor of a new bill that would reverse the state’s requirement that transgender people use the restroom of their sex at birth.
“As a current medical student, I am passionate about advocating for transgender rights, especially in health and healthcare access. I plan to make taking care of transgender patients an integral part of my future practice,” Del Rosario wrote. “As such, I am outraged and disheartened by the countless horror stories transgender patients have shared with me about their negative experiences in society and in healthcare in particular.”
“The next time you fill in a form that contains demographic data,” Del Rosario adds, “check if it asks for your pronouns or provides multiple options for indicating gender identity and sex assigned at birth. If it doesn’t, speak up.”
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This article has been updated to include the fact that Del Rosario has been placed on leave.