The medical school backed the fourth-year medical student who shared on her social media account that she deliberately injured a patient for mocking her pronoun badge. The University officials released a statement and said the medical student, who is also a transgender rights activist, followed the guidelines correctly. The medical school officials didn’t elaborate on how they came to their conclusions. The student, who was aspiring to become a medical doctor, said: “I never intended to harm the patient. I am truly sorry for poorly representing our school and our health system.”
The trainee medic from North Carolina, Kychelle Del Rosario, said that she has received support from her medical school, Wake Forest University, per reports.
Last month, the fourth-year student, who is aspiring to become a medical doctor, posted on her social media account that she had intentionally injured a man who mocked her by missing his vein during a blood draw. The student also said that her attack was justified because the victim, who has not been named, laughed loudly at her She/Her pronoun pin.
Last month, she wrote on her Twitter account: “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.”
Now, the trainee medic claims that she did so by accident. Rosario also claims that a more qualified medical professional made the second blood draw attempt in line with existing procedures.
Wake Forest University said that the official investigation discovered that the student’s claims on Twitter did not reflect the incident, adding she had followed the guidelines correctly.
It remains unclear how they established the facts and whether they had just taken the student’s words about her true intentions.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine released the following statement: “Our documentation verifies that after the student physician was unsuccessful in obtaining the blood draw, the student appropriately deferred a second attempt to one of our certified professionals. The student did not attempt to draw blood again.’ The spokesman said she had followed the guidelines correctly after an investigation.”
Per reports, Del Rosario’s tweet was made in response to a post from the physician, cartoonist and author Shirlene Obuobi MD addressing transphobia. Obuobi, who identifies as cisgender, said she has worn a she/her pronoun badge for a year to help patients and colleagues.
The fourth-year medical student, Kychelle Del Rosario, released the following statement: “I am writing this as an apology for a very irresponsible tweet that I sent on Twitter that I highly regret. For the event mentioned in the tweet, I was performing a blood draw on a patient and during our conversation they had shown dismay at my pronoun pin.
I calmly shared my thoughts about pronouns and did not escalate the situation further. When I was doing the blood draw, I missed the first time due to my inexperience as a student, and per our policy, my supervisor performed the successful blood draw the second time.
During this encounter, I never intended to harm the patient. I am truly sorry for poorly representing our school and our health system. I will reflect on responsible social media use as a professional and my duty to care for all my patients, regardless of any differences of belief.”
The medical student appears to have deleted all her social media accounts. She reportedly graduated in 2017 from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science with concentrations in neuroscience and biology.
Del Rosario says she is an active advocate for the trans community. According to the Daily Mail, she wrote an essay arguing against the ‘Bathroom Bill’ that sought to get people to use public restrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth.
The fourth-year medical student also said that she was a leader for Safe Zone in Medicine, which is an organization run by health care trainees whose goal is to educate health professionals about the needs and disparities in LGBTQ+ healthcare.
Kychelle Del Rosario reportedly said: “This role prepares me to become a trustworthy doctor and advocate for the transgender community—a population which the medical field has harmed greatly in the past. It also allows me to train other health care professionals who aim to improve their practice to be more welcoming and gender-affirming.”