Last summer, I spent a week shadowing a cardiologist at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. I spent the first few days in a cath lab watching procedures. I watched some operations in the control room, and towards the end I was able to put on scrubs and watch from inside the room where the procedure was taking place. The procedure I watched most frequently consisted of ink being expelled into the valves of the heart through a catheter from the stomach. On the last day, we went to the patient center, where I sat in on doctor’s appointments. Although I was only there for a short while, I gained a more acute sense both of the work that doctors do as well as the hospital’s welcoming community. The week was a tremendous learning experience for me, and I feel very grateful to have been able to experience it. I look forwards to going back this summer!