Kychelle Del Rosario, a medical student from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, recently found herself embroiled in controversy after a patient at the hospital she was interning at mocked her pronoun badge, which read “She/Her.”
In response, Del Rosario admitted on Twitter that she deliberately missed the male patient’s vein while performing a blood draw. However, she later retracted her statement, stating that it was an accident and she had not done it intentionally to get revenge on the patient for mocking her badge.
Wake Forest University conducted an investigation into the incident and backed the medical student, stating that the content of her tweets did not reflect what happened in the hospital with the male patient.
Despite this, some people on social media speculate that Del Rosario changed her story to save her medical career. Nevertheless, other students at her university rallied behind her, with another medical student, Ewen Liu, saying that the man had to get stuck twice because it was a “karma-tic” reaction to him making fun of Del Rosario’s name badge.
The university statement said that after Del Rosario was unsuccessful in obtaining the blood draw, she appropriately deferred a second attempt to one of their certified professionals.
Del Rosario issued an apology for her irresponsible tweet, stating that she never intended to harm the patient and that she will reflect on responsible social media use as a professional and her duty to care for all her patients, regardless of any differences in belief.
“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.”
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