That heartbeat will continue to be what attracts young people to psychiatry, he said. “I’m told that medical students these days say that ‘the road to happiness’ is to choose any one of four specialties: anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, or radiology,” Oldham said. “You are guaranteed plenty of business, a good income, controllable hours, and minimal night call. But students who do choose to go into psychiatry say they want to have time to spend with patients, to understand what goes wrong (and why) when thoughts, feelings, and self-control get out of balance. And most of all, they want to connect with their future patients in human relationships of healing.