More than 2 yr have passed since I initially read Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training by Adam Stern, M.D. During that time, my admiration for this genuine, compassionate, and illuminating book has only intensified as I reflected on the author’s message and his brilliant delivery describing his many profound encounters with his patients, his colleagues, and his own self-doubt. Dr. Stern has movingly captured his journey from insecure neophyte resident physician to seasoned psychiatrist with a talent for communicating and caring.

The book commences in 2006, when 15 young medical school graduates embarking on psychiatry residency nervously convened on the Longwood Avenue campus of Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts) to meet one another. Dr. Stern found the gravitas of the Harvard quad to be especially intimidating, wondering whether he, an alumnus of a public medical school in upper New York State, really belonged in this coterie of young...

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