Written Jun 10, 2016
Just the way every doctor in any other hospital, with an exception of an Olive Green Uniform, discipline and a rank.
Sakshi Kakkar, Living for 20 years plus with AMC doctors! They are amazing!
My Mother and Father are doctors in the Indian Army.
Father: Classified Pediatrician
Mother: Medical Officer
A normal day:
8:30 AM: Report to the Commandant and get started with the day
Work involves looking up your patients, signing various kinds of documents (Army has documentation for everything since they are all money matters: people taking medical leaves, medical fitness tests, etc.)
Generally there are 2 – 3 officers in the same office, depending on the seniority. The junior doctors are present to assist the senior in his/her work.
This part is the same in the Civil as well as Army. Work environment is jovial. They love to lighten up the patient’s mood to make him/her feel better. But when in Army, actions are disciplined, dead lines are adhered to.
11:00 AM Tea break
Work till 2:30 PM. This is again, the same everywhere: patients, prescription, assisting other doctors, etc.
2:30 PM: Leave for home
Evening rounds are not necessary. We lived close to the hospital so my dad took a walk to the wards and inspected the situation every evening. It was more like something fun.
Army doctors need to be present for the Court of Inquiry which is a court proceeding needing the Doctor’s expert opinion, or the accused/matter at hand was guided by the doctor.
My father is amazing with maths and accounting. So his Commandant was impressed with him and made him the in-charge of the Medical Stores. That’s where all the medicine procured for the hospital is kept. This is different from being a doctor because when you’re in charge of the stores, you need to understand and procure the meds from the various drug dealers, maintain relations with them, keep an eye on the procurement when arrived, etc. Job is more like that of a business man. You don’t need to be looking at patients during these appointments. And Medical Store in-charge is a hectic job.
If there’s any mismanagement of drugs where in they go missing, you are in trouble.
Other units call you for medicals during the recruitment of Jawans and the like.
My mother was once made an Instructor at a Training School wherein she’d have to take an hour long class for recruits and the like daily about basic medical aid, and stuff more complicated than that.
The AWESOME part!:
You get to go for UN Missions! United Nations, yes!
On the basis of performance, doctors are selected to go for UN missions on behalf of the Army for 6–8 months or a year. You are paid your usual salary plus the additional income for working abroad. My mother’s worked in Bhutan, Eretria, Ethopia (East Africa) and my father’s been to Kabul (Afghanistan) for the UN Mission. This adds a great deal of experience to your work and your expertise is well utilized.
My father recieved the Sena Medal, Gallantry in 2013 because of his bravery in the Kabul Attack, 2009. Take a pause to acknowledge that doctors don’t really get Sena Medal, Gallantry. Doctors don’t do wars. The last Army Doctor to receive so was 12 years before my father.
Towards the end of your tenure, as you reach a higher level of authority, your work is more of administrative and you have a relaxed life.
Army does take good care of you.
I know this is not the most informative answer but as a child, this is what I’ve observed. I couldn’t be any more proud of my parents.
Avinash Kumar Sharma, works at Indian Army
“Doctor in Indian Army” is a very wide spectrum from just commissioned Doctor (Lieutenant) to Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (Lieutenant General). Daily routine also varies correspondingly. General Practitioners when young and junior are with units as unit medical officer. Then they are posted to Field Ambulances which is next rung of medical services. Next tier is Military /Base/Command Hospitals. If one does Specialisation/Super Specialisation, most of time he/she remains in Military/Base/Command Hospitals.
Working starts from 0800 hours on wards. Unless heading an organisation, up to about 1400 hours treat patients and attend to administration/documentation in the afternoon/evening. Those heading an organisation like Commandant of a hospital or those having administrative responsibility like registrar of hospital have their days filled with administrative work.
Disclaimer: I have never been part of Army Medical Corp (AMC). This my impression as an outsider to AMC
Link – https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-day-of-a-doctor-in-the-Indian-army-like