November 22, 2009


More info comes out on Hasan:

One of Hasan's commanding officers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Guerrero, told investigators she had considered failing him as an intern but "decided to allow him to pass since he was going into psychiatry and would not be doing any real patient care."

Wow, Army.  I didn't think it was possible for you to look worse in this fiasco, but you've gone and outdone yourself.  I think that's the most appalling thing I've ever heard.

No wonder soldiers hesitate to get treated for PTSD, if that's the attitude of the commanding officer of psychiatry services for the military.

I'm dumbfounded.

(Via Amritas)

Posted by: Sarah at 08:29 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 As an educator, I'm offended by this mercy pass on principle.

Either he met the requirements and should have been passed on his merits, or he failed to meet the requirements, and should have been flunked.

The choice of major is completely irrelevant.

It's because of mercy passes that we end up teaching Algebra I and prealgebra in university.  Often, multiple times to the same student.

Posted by: Eowyn at November 22, 2009 09:18 AM (xCQQv)

2 Sarah,

I hope LTC Guerrero's attitude is unusual rather than typical. As I told you in my email, I think she believes that only things like surgery and physical therapy "count" as "real patient care." I have no idea if Hasan's other commanding officers agree with her, but the idea that physical work is more "real" (i.e., important) than mental/verbal work is unfortunately widespread.


There's nothing merciful about a "mercy pass."

I never gave any when I was a professor. And no, I wasn't a meanie. I gave a lot of As. But they were all deserved. So were the Fs and every other grade in between. I set numerical standards on day 1 and stuck to them. No favoritism, no soft grading.

Posted by: Amritas at November 23, 2009 12:02 PM (+nV09)

3 Did you hear that he actually told his paitents with PTSD to turn themselves in for committing war crimes?  Pathetic.  And I've heard that his good performance ratings and not being kicked out were because his superiors didn't want to deal with the paperwork.  Really?

Posted by: Christa at November 23, 2009 02:19 PM (2qSbp)

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