Is Anti-Semitism making an untimely comeback or was this an isolated incident that will be “self eliminated” by the stupidity that followed this act of prejudice? One soon-to-be doctor decided it would be okay to threaten Jews on a social media forum. We really don’t know whether to focus on the fact that this level of prejudice is alive and well or go straight to a tutorial on how to destroy your career with just a few clicks on social media.
How exactly does one get through medical school, but isn’t smart enough to avoid making obvious public social “blunders” like this? As we said, we really don’t even know where to start with this one, so we’ll just go with the facts, as usual.
- Lara Kollab, a first-year medical resident at Cleveland Hospital who was still in training, allegedly made anti-Semitic comments on social media in the years before her program. At least one of those comments included laughing about giving “Jews” “the wrong meds” in an effort to harm them.
- One tweet from 2012 stated, “ “Hahha ewww.. I’ll purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds.” Another compares Jewish people to dogs and Nazis, and suggests the Holocaust wasn’t that bad. “I don’t mean to sound insensitive but I have a REALLY hard time feeling bad about Holocaust seeing as the people who were in it now kill my people.” Only it WAS not only insensitive, but also juvenile and a bit terrifying if you happen to end up being a patient of hers.
- Most of Kollab’s social media accounts have since been deleted, and the Canary Mission website (the group who originally exposed her) has suffered attacks or failures of their website ever since. It’s hard, but not impossible, to track down exact examples of the posts, but we were able to confirm that they did in fact exist, at least before this article was written.
- The Cleveland Clinic has confirmed her employeeship status in a statement. “This individual was employed as a supervised, first-year resident at our hospital from July to September 2018,” it reads. “When we learned of the social media post, we took immediate action, conducted an internal review and placed her on administrative leave. Her departure was related to those posts and she has not worked at Cleveland Clinic since September.” So, apparently, if you’re worried about how your social media account might impact your potential career, don’t — at least if you’re going into the medical field, where you’re trusted with patient’s lives but don’t have to have enough sense to monitor your own twisted humor.
- Kollab graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. She had a Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in 2013, and an extensive history of success in medical school. She was also a mentor to other students within her program. Hopefully, she wasn’t mentoring how to be a decent human being or maintain some semblance of appreciation for other nationalities or religions on your Facebook page.
- There’s no denying that Kollab’s comments back in 2012 were horrible and completely unacceptable. Furthermore, the medical community has a right to be concerned when a medical professional is claiming she will give Jewish people the wrong medication on purpose. “Do no harm” is every physician’s motto, with no exclusions. If nothing else, you can use this incident to remind your children and grandchildren that dark humor isn’t funny to everyone and once you put something on the internet, it’s there somewhere, waiting to rear its ugly head.