Wow. I'm really sorry about your friend, that is awful. I'm happy to hear that he's almost done with his CRNA program. Here's hoping to greener pastures.
I'm sorry, but I can't help but think of the 1994 movie called Disclosure.
Have you seen that? With Demi Moore and Michael Douglas. Its ironic how your friend and this movie coincide, although I realize that the movie is fiction and your friend's case, is not. Just thought I'd mention it.