I wasn’t exaggerating when I noted in the morning ethics horrors round-up today that March, 2022 was an ethics catastrophe speeding up, if anything, in the month’s waning hours.
The above revolting tweet was authored by Kychelle Del Rosario, a fourth-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine. In answer to a tweet by someone complaining about “transphobia,” the future doctor—you know, “First, Do No Harm”?—appeared to admit—with pride!—that she deliberately caused pain and discomfort to a patient because he had mocked her (obnoxious) “preferred pronoun” pin. Then, when her despicable tweet was seen, circulated and justly condemned on social media, she courageously deleted the evidence in an attempted cover-up.
1. I know, I know: the tweet isn’t unethical, the tweeter is.
2. In addition to other problems, a medical student who would tweet an admission like that to the world isn’t smart enough to be a doctor.
3. A medical student saying that she deliberately harmed a patient—it doesn’t matter how much or little—because she didn’t like his crack about gender differentiations (in truth it doesn’t matter what her reason was), is like a law student saying she deliberately allowed an indigent client he was representing in a law school clinic be convicted because didn’t like his politics. It is grounds for expulsion, and later, for the profession to refuse to grant a license to practice based on bad character and lack of trustworthiness.
4. Wake Forest said all the right things:
“[T]he actions described in this student’s social media post do not in any way reflect the quality of care and compassion that Wake Forest University School of Medicine strives to provide to our patients each and every day. We stand behind our values that include trust, excellence and a space where all belong, and we actively reinforce those values with learners and providers. While federal law does not permit us to share specific information, we are taking the proper measures to address this matter with the student, school leadership is involved.”
I’ll believe it when I see it. That weaselly reference to “a space where all belong” is progressive, woke, “diversity and inclusion” pandering, and completely irrelevant to the matter at hand: the school is either training a doctor who engaged in tort1ous, even criminal conduct violating core medical ethics, or falsely boasted she did so because she thinks such conduct is justifiable and even admirable if a patient doesn’t subscribe to her beliefs. Either way, Del Rosario is unfit to be a professional. Maybe a serious course of ethics training following significant punishment could salvage her, but I wouldn’t trust a Dr. Del Rosario after that tweet, and neither should anyone else.
5. Fox News and other conservative media covering the story make a big point of the student’s record of hard-left activism. She can have whatever political beliefs and passions she chooses; I don’t care, and, again, neither should anyone else—provided she is an ethical professional, meaning that she knows what a doctor’s obligations are, and that her duty is to treat patients’ medical issues regardless of what the think, do or say.
6. The coverage by the progressive-biased mainstream media, in contrast…wait, there hasn’t been any coverage by the mainstream media. I wonder why?
7. However, I have seen a stunning amount of evidence in the past 5 years that progressive biases frequently destroy professional ethics, even of some of our most respected professionals. This week, for example, has been full of defiant statements from gay teachers asserting that nothing, not even a law, can stop them from discussing their sex lives with their students. Professions cannot and must not discriminate against members based on their political or social beliefs, but if their adherence to those beliefs makes them untrustworthy, what is a profession to do? More to the point, what is the public, who must trust professionals by definition, to do?
If the medical profession pronounces someone qualified to be a doctor who, like Kychelle Del Rosario, appears to believe that it is virtuous to use her position of trust to advance a political agenda by any means necessary, how can the public trust the medical profession?
8. All the evidence points to ruthless commitment to the progressive agenda rapidly destroying the trustworthiness of all the professions: medicine, law, scholarship, journalism, education, public service and, yes, ethics.
Reversing this societally fatal trend is crucial, and I have no idea where to begin, or how.
Pointer: Jimmy James