Thursday, November 19, 2009
More reports are coming out about Major Nidal Hasan, who stands accused of the Fort Hood massacre. The New York Post reports that Hasan oversaw only 30 patients in 38 weeks, and that this was about 10% of what other doctors were accomplishing in the same time period. Additionally, Hasan missed emergency pages during time he was on call. He was also counseled for preaching religion to patients during counseling sessions. National Public Radio obtained a copy of a memo written by Hasan's superior, Major Scott Moran. The link to the scathing memo, a transcript of which was provided by National Public Radio is here.
The memo was dated May 17, 2007, over two years before the final meltdown in which Hasan allegedly killed 13 people and wounding another 42 in a mass shooting at Fort Hood.
The memo is a withering assessment of Hasan's performance that would have led to his dismissal from any job in the private sector. Part of the memo obtained by NPR reads as follows.
"The Faculty has serious concerns about CPT Hasan’s professionalism and work ethic. Clinically he is competent to deliver safe patient care. But he demonstrates a pattern of poor judgment and a lack of professionalism. In his PGY-2 year, he was counseled for inappropriately discussing religious topics with his assigned patients. He also required a period of in-program remediation when he was discovered to have not documented appropriately an ER encounter with a homicidal patient who subsequently eloped from the ER. He did successfully remediate this problem. At the end of his PGY-2 year, he was placed on administrative probation by the NCC GMEC for failure to take and pass USMLE Step 3 and to obtain an unrestricted state medical license by the end of his PGY-2 year; as a result he was not promoted to PGY-3 on time. He did eventually complete step 3 and get a license and was promoted to PGY-3. He was counseled for having a poor record of attendance at didactics and lower than expected PRITE scores. One year he failed to show for his PRITE examination at all. During his PGY-3 year, he was counseled for being consistently late to NNMC morning report. During his PGY-4 year, he was discovered to have only seen 30 outpatients in 38 week of outpatient continuity clinic. He was required to make this missed clinic time up using his elective"
At the end of paragraph three in the memo (quoted above) Major Moran notes "Lastly, he missed a night of call for MGMC ER and then did not respond to numerous pages by my office the next day." In private industry, he would have been out the door, possibly with administrative charges of neglect filed against him.
Let's try to get this straight. He is on call for emergencies. He misses an emergency page. He misses repeated pages from a supervisor. AND he was itching to turn his patients in for war crimes. Oh well. Look at the bright side. All the strippers said he was real polite and a good tipper.
There were repeated warnings about this guy. Who else is in the army who is getting promoted and coddled for fear that the army might otherwise be sued? It's not like Hasan was hiding his issues under a placid exterior. He gave a power point presentation of opinions that marked him as a security risk. He told everyone who would listen of his moral justification for suicide bombings.
Hasan's long history as a ticking time bomb is well known. Will we ever find out who spiked any and all attempts to get him out of the army? We need to know that the next Nidal Hasan will be weeded out. And Americans who volunteer to risk their lives for the country need assurance that the enemy is on the other side of the sandbags and not crouched beside them. Are there other Nidal Hasans in the military? We need to know. Sphere: Related Content