The indoctrination of ‘woke’ culture has not spared even the sacred profession of healthcare, as evidenced by a recent incident at Wake Forest University involving Kychelle Del Rosario, a medical student. Instead of prioritizing patient care, Del Rosario chose to jeopardize a patient’s wellbeing after being mocked for her pronoun badge. The surprising lack of disciplinary action on behalf of the university sends a chilling message about the overbearing influence of political correctness in our society.
Del Rosario admitted to purposefully missing a male patient’s vein during a blood draw in retaliation for the patient’s mockery of her ID badge that displayed her preferred pronouns: “she” and “her”.
This startling display of unprofessionalism shows a disturbing trend where personal feelings are taking precedence over patient care in a profession that has traditionally valued the latter above all else.
To save face, Del Rosario later changed her narrative, insisting that her failure was accidental, not intentional. But the damage was done. Her previous admission stirred alarm among the public, highlighting how far some are willing to go to enforce the new ‘woke’ norms at the expense of professional ethics.
The investigation conducted by Wake Forest into Del Rosario’s conduct ended up favoring the medical student. They concluded that the incident as described in her tweets did not accurately depict the actual events at the hospital. This apparent leniency towards a grave error showcases the worrying rise of identity politics even within our educational institutions.
The university’s stance on the matter sparked divided responses on social media. Ewen Liu, a fellow medical student, surprisingly supported Del Rosario’s actions, framing the patient’s double venipuncture as a “karma-tic” result of his mockery.
The official statement from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine confirmed the initiation of an inquiry as soon as they became aware of Del Rosario’s concerning tweet. It read: “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.”
Despite the troubling incident, Del Rosario played down her actions, labeling them as an “accident,” and issued an apology. In it, she expressed regret over her tweet and reassured that she had acted professionally during the incident, explaining her failure as a result of her inexperience, and not a deliberate act of retribution. She vowed to reflect on her duty of care towards her patients, regardless of differing beliefs.
“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.”
This incident raises the question of whether our educational institutions are devolving into platforms that prioritize personal beliefs and political correctness over professional competence and patient safety. It stands as a stark reminder of the need to reassess our values, ensuring that the very institutions entrusted with molding our future professionals do not fall prey to the divisive doctrines of woke ideology.