EventsAdam Stern, MD — Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training

Adam Stern, MD — Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Join us in partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts for an online talk with Adam Stern, MD, author of Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training. This discussion will be moderated by Suzanne Koven, MD, writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“[A] dynamic debut memoir… As the author vividly captures the urgency, chaos, and eerie fascination involved with the treatment of mental illness, he also candidly shares numerous patient portraits, which provide some of the most moving and disturbing moments in the book…The combination of patient case studies and medical trainee journal creates an intense reading experience and an eye opening appreciation for medical professionals charged with psychiatric care…Engrossing, indelible, and brimming with genuine humanity.” —STARRED, Kirkus

About the book

Adam Stern recounts his four year psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School in his heartfelt memoir, which brings readers along as he and his fellow doctors round on psychiatric wards, grapple with impostor syndrome, navigate their personal lives, and experience love and loss.

With compassionate portraits of his psychiatry patients and honest ruminations on the physical and emotional toll of a medical residency, Adam pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to be a doctor tasked with healing the mind. Candid, sometimes raw, and always entertaining, this memoir celebrates human connection through the eyes of a new doctor.

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About the author

Photo by Kate McKenna, Crabapple Photography

Adam Stern, MD, is a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has written extensively about his experience as a physician including in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He lives with his family near Boston.

About the moderator

Suzanne Koven, MD, is a primary care physician and the inaugural writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her memoir, Letter to a Young Female Physician, was released in May 2021. To learn more, visit her website and find her on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

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