Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, is professor of medicine and chief of the endocrinology division at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. His writing combines insights from his years of caring for patients and training physicians in the U.S. and internationally.

“From the Doctor’s Bag” is a blog about topics at the intersection of humanities and medicine — topics without a P-value or area under the curve. It takes a mostly lighthearted view of issues that affect health care providers as professionals and members of society, parents, siblings, spouses, neighbors or friends.

BLOG: Who called the code blue?

July 19, 2019

The patient in the ICU was feeling progressively short of breath. She later said she felt like she was drowning with fluid in her respiratory passages. She felt like she…

BLOG: Doc, you need a doctor, part 2

June 28, 2019

It was summer of August 2014 when I sustained a compression vertebral fracture while vacationing with my family in Mackinac Island, Michigan. The diagnosis — a…

BLOG: Doc, you need a doctor

May 24, 2019

Preparing to do a thyroid biopsy, I was reviewing the prior biopsy the patient had few years ago, when I noticed something. “The biopsy in 2014 was done by my…

BLOG: Two births, one hospital, many memories

May 10, 2019

On October 2, 1992 my wife and I drove to Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan. We were heading to the obstetric unit for the birth of our son, Bara. About 27 years…

BLOG: ‘Milestone’ reflections of a doctor, father and grandfather

May 6, 2019

Saturday, April 20, marked my 60th birthday. Turning 60 can be a milestone by itself, though, for me, I am not sure how Friday, April 19 (when I was still 59) was…

BLOG: Celebrating the future doctor-teachers

April 5, 2019

March 30th was National Doctors Day, a special day to celebrate all doctors of America, and all doctors of the world.

BLOG: The rewards of becoming a doctor-teacher

March 21, 2019

Picture this: You see patients with students or trainees in clinics or on hospital rounds every day. During these encounters, you teach them, and you learn from them…

BLOG: Spring forward, check your insulin pump clock

March 6, 2019

As daylight savings time approaches this weekend, I want to share a story about a recent encounter my colleague Naveen Kakumanu, MD, of Michigan State…

BLOG: Spell your name

February 5, 2019

Maybe it is just me but spelling my first and last names has been a struggle since I came to America 27 years ago as a foreign medical graduate. In a

BLOG: Serious harm may arise from unreported biotin use

January 21, 2019

Part 2 of a prior post about safety concerns with the over-the-counter supplement. Picture this scenario: Me: Please notify patient…