March 30, 2022
NORTH CAROLINA—A fourth-year medical student at Wake Forest bragged on social media Tuesday, March 29, about unnecessarily sticking a patient with a needle because he mocked her “pronoun pin.”
Medical student Kychelle Del Rosario tweeted that a patient was disrespecting her pronoun pin and that she intentionally injured the patient during a medical procedure. Del Rosario has since deleted her account, according to the Post Millennial.
“I had a patient I was doing a blood draw on see my pronoun pin and loudly laugh at 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 wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
A @wakeforestmed 4th year medical student says she abused a patient because he laughed at her pronoun pin. She has since deleted her account. pic.twitter.com/2m3DsjTFZx— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 29, 2022
The fourth-year medical student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine was responding to a tweet from Shirlene Obuobi MD that spoke about how Obuobi wears pronouns on her name badge “to help [her] patients & colleagues who fall under the trans umbrella feel a little more comfy.”
The screenshot was captured by Libs of Tik Tok and quickly shared with over half a million people on Twitter.
Wake Forest School of Medicine responded: “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.”
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 School of Medicine (@wakeforestmed) March 29, 2022
According to the Post Millennial, Del Rosario has a history of trans activism. In March 2021, she advocated for against the “Bathroom Bill” that required individuals to use the gendered bathroom that aligned with the sex recorded on their birth certificate, stating that “policies like these have consequential impacts on the health of transgender people.”
Del Rosario stated she plans to make a medical career out of treating the transgender community and spoke about being a leader in a “safe zone.”
Feature Screenshots via Libs of Tik Tok