By Selwyn Duke
In an operating room after being shot in 1981, President Ronald Reagan pulled down his mask and said to the medical staff, “I hope you are all Republicans!” He was joking, of course, but such a concern may be more warranted in today’s politically charged America — especially if the worst interpretation of a recent story is any guide.
Kychelle Del Rosario, a fourth-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine, posted a Tuesday tweet that many interpret as meaning that she intentionally mistreated a patient — all because he poked fun at her “pronoun pin.”
“‘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 said in a now deleted tweet” (below), related The Post Millennial.
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 29, 2022
Fox News provides some background, writing that
Del Rosario made the remark while responding to a March 27 tweet by Shirlene Obuobi MD, a Ghanaian-American physician, cartoonist and author with more than 10,600 followers on Twitter.
In a thread about “transphobia,” Obuobi said she considers herself cisgender and has worn a badge with the she/her pronouns for a year to help her patients and colleagues “who fall under the trans umbrella feel a little more comfy.”
“In the last few weeks, several cis patients have berated me for it,” Obuobi added in the tweet that prompted the reply from Del Rosario.
The account Libs of Tik Tok, which has more than 578,000 followers on Twitter as of Wednesday, shared a screenshot of Del Rosario’s tweet, calling out how the fourth-year medical student “says she abused a patient because he laughed at her pronoun pin” and has “since deleted her account.”
Wake Forest also reacted to Del Rosario’s message, stating:
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
Providing a different interpretation, one of Del Rosario’s fellows rallied to her defense, claiming the remark was misinterpreted (tweet below). As the man (Gregg Re) who provided what follows points out, however, it’s a troubling defense.
This is clearly a systemic issue. Another Wake Forest medical student with she/her pronouns, Ewen Liu, agreed that the patient’s injury was “karma-tic.” In other words, if you don’t use their pronouns, they will celebrate your injuries at Wake Forest Medical School. pic.twitter.com/SSMQJlothD
— Gregg Re (@gregg_re) March 31, 2022
Whatever the case, Del Rosario’s passions are clear. As the New York Post tells us, the medical student,
who has a history of trans activism, published a piece in March 2021 that advocated against North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill,” which required that people use public restrooms corresponding to the gender recorded on their birth certificates, Fox News reported….
Del Rosario also said she was a leader in Safe Zone in Medicine, which she described as “an organization run by health care trainees whose goal is to educate health professionals about the needs and disparities in LGBTQ+ healthcare,” Fox News added.
“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,” the student wrote in the piece titled “The Senate Must Protect Transgender Health,” according to the network.
“It also allows me to train other health care professionals who aim to improve their practice to be more welcoming and gender-affirming,” she wrote.
Most recently, Wake Forest released a new statement explaining that Del Rosario has been “placed on a leave of absence.” Included was an apology from the med student in which she said that missing the patient’s vein was unintentional and not inspired by his quip (you can read the statement here).
In fairness, Del Rosario’s explanation seems plausible. So perhaps the more troubling matter is that medical schools and the doctors they’re producing subscribe to the wholly unscientific MUSS (Made-up Sexual Status, a.k.a. “transgender”) agenda in the first place.
As I’ve explained in the past (click here and here), there’s no good science whatsoever behind the MUSS movement; the diagnostic method used (the patient’s “feelings”) to justify the relevant medical interventions — such as puberty blockers and mutilative surgeries — is wholly invalid.
Thus did Walt Heyer, an ex-MUSS individual and founder of the website SexChangeRegret.com, recently call the MUSS agenda “institutionalized child abuse” that is “destroying an entire generation of children.” “Transgender” is not a legitimate medical classification but a political one; humans don’t have “gender” (words do; people are one sex or the other), and you cannot transition to the opposite sex any more than you can to another species. MUSS-embracing doctors are the Lysenkoists of our time — guilty of malpractice.
While Del Rosario may very well be innocent of the charge against her, the same cannot be said of other medical personnel harboring bizarre beliefs. A good example is physician Lara Kollab, a former first-year resident at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. It was discovered in 2019 that she’d sent one tweet stating “Allah will kill the Jews,” and another in which she vowed to “purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds.” Kollab’s residency was later terminated.
None of this would surprise a retired doctor I know well. She told me years ago that the people now entering medicine are, as she put it, “the bottom of the barrel.” While there surely are exceptions, this is to be expected as it’s just part of our national crisis: that descent into moral relativism/nihilism and vice that touches everything.
As philosopher C.S. Lewis put it, “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
And we instruct that virtues are values and values are relative — and then are shocked when people make everything relative to themselves.