Kychelle Del Rosario, a fourth-year student at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, claimed to have purposefully missed the patient’s vein during a blood draw so she would have to jab him twice in a since-deleted tweet.
‘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 tweeted Tuesday.
The medical school acknowledged online that it was aware of the incident, saying: ‘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.’
Since the tweet, Del Rosario has scrubbed her social media accounts.
It is unclear if any disciplinary action has been taken against Del Rosario, as the university did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Del Rosario’s remark was made in response to a post from Ghanaian-American physician, cartoonist and author Shirlene Obuobi MD addressing transphobia.
Obuobj, who identifies as cisgender, explained that she has worn a she/her pronoun badge for a year to help patients and colleagues
In a thread addressing transphobia, Obuobj wrote those ‘who fall under the trans umbrella feel a little more comfy.’
‘In the last few weeks, several cis patients have berated me for it,’ she added.
Del Rosario appears to have been an active advocate for the trans community.
Last year, she published an essay arguing against the so-called Bathroom Bill that sought to require individuals to use public restrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth.
The medical student argued ‘policies like these have consequential impacts on the health of transgender people.’
She also shared how she was a leader for Safe Zone in Medicine, which she explained as being ‘an organization run by health care trainees whose goal is to educate health professionals about the needs and disparities in LGBTQ+ healthcare.’
‘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,’ she wrote in the March 2021 essay urging the Senate to protect trans health. ‘It also allows me to train other health care professionals who aim to improve their practice to be more welcoming and gender-affirming.’
Del Rosario’s controversial tweet comes as issues surrounding trans rights have taken center stage across America.
Bills targeting the rights of trans people have been popular with the conservative base in states where Republicans dominate.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed bills into law Wednesday that outlawed gender reassignment surgery for anyone under the age of 18 and put limits on sports participation for transgender girls.
Arizona joins a dozen other states with limits on sports participation for trans girls and becomes the third state to try and limit health care options for transgender teens.
Del Rosario’s controversial tweet comes as issues surrounding trans rights haven taken center stage across America (Pictured: Demonstrators in Utah protest against HB11, which put a ban on transgender youth athletes playing on girls teams.
The governor of Arizona signed bills into law on Wednesday that outlawed gender reassignment surgery for anyone under the age of 18 and put limits on sports participation for transgender girls
Until two years ago, no state had passed a law regulating gender-designated youth sports. But the issue has become front and center in Republican-led statehouses since Idaho lawmakers passed the nation’s first sports participation law in 2020. That law is now blocked in court, along with another in West Virginia.
Since last year, bans have been introduced in at least 25 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This week, lawmakers in Oklahoma also passed a ban.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ in kindergarten through third grade.
The Parental Rights in Education bill, which passed the Republican-controlled state legislature this month, has been dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by critics who claim it bans any discussion pertaining to being gay in Florida schools.
‘We have seen curriculum embedded for very, very young children, classroom materials about sexuality and woke gender ideology. We’ve seen libraries that have clearly inappropriate pornographic materials for very young kids,’ DeSantis said in signing the bill.
It will become law from July 1, and teachers who breach its regulations can be sued by parents.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ in kindergarten through third grade+8View gallery
Earlier this month, a Texas judge temporarily blocked the state from investigating parents of transgender children who provide them with gender-transitioning medical treatments that Gov. Greg Abbott calls ‘child abuse’ (Pictured: Texas protestors in March 2022)
Earlier this month, a Texas judge temporarily blocked the state from investigating parents of transgender children who provide them with gender-transitioning medical treatments that Gov. Greg Abbott calls ‘child abuse.’
The governor’s director, issued in February, called on the Department of Family Protective Services to investigate reports of transgender youth receiving gender-confirming care. The probe could remove trans children from families and jail parents who give them what he called procedures that ‘constitute child abuse.’
It also called on doctors, nurses and teachers to report such care or face criminal penalties.
Abbott and his supporters claim he is trying to keep impressionable youngsters safe from potentially irreversible medical treatments, but critics say said treatments are rare, and that denying such help to transgender children can cause mental anguish.
The judge issued the temporary injunction stopping the investigations after a lawsuit was filed by parents of a 16-year-old girl who were investigated over gender-confirming care their daughter received.
She claimed the directive was an overstep of Abbott’s authority and is unconstitutional. The injunction will remain in place until the case is fully litigated and settled by a judgment or other means. A trial in the case is scheduled to start July 11.