Humor in Military Medicine – Part 4 – The “SIQ” Specialist

You may have heard of many “specialisations” in medicine. 

But – have you heard of an “SIQ” Specialist Doctor…? 

In Military Parlance: 

SIQ is the acronym for Sick in Quarters 

Here is the hilarious story of the “SIQ” Specialist Medical Officer. 

This happened long ago – more almost 34 years ago – in the mid 1980’s – in IAT Pune (now renamed MILIT/DIAT Deemed University).

Read on – have a laugh – and think about it… 


Continued from Part 1 “Doc Daneekas” in Uniform 


and Part 2 “Dentists” in Uniform 


and Part 3 “Second Opinion” or “Cut Practice”

A Spoof

A newly posted Navy Officer took his 3 year old daughter to the IAT Pune “MI Room”.

MI Room” stands for “Medical Inspection Room” – that’s what they call a Military Medical Healthcare Clinic in the Army and the Air Force. 

In the Navy – “MI Room” is called “Sick Bay”.

Those days there was a Lady Doctor – a Major of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) – posted to IAT Pune as the Medical Officer.

A Navy Officer had taken his 3 year old daughter to the IAT Pune “MI Room” – because the Naval Officer’s small daughter had severe “Loose Motions” (Diarrhoea).

Since it was a Wednesday – he was in “civvies” (civilian clothes).

The moment he entered the Lady Doctor’s office-cum-clinic – the Army Lady Doctor – the Lady Medical Officer – she looked up at my friend’s face.

Then – the Lady Medical Officer shouted at the Naval Officer:

“Why are you coming here and disturbing me…?

How many days SIQ (Sick in Quarters) do you want…?

Just go to the office and tell the medical attendant how many days SIQ you want.

He will fill it up in the “SIQ slip” – and – you can take the “SIQ slip” from there.

I have already signed and kept blank “SIQ slips” over there in the office…”

The stunned Naval Officer told the Lady Army Medical Officer:

“Nothing is wrong with me.

I am perfectly fit for duties.

I don’t want SIQ…” 

The Army Lady Doctor yelled at the Naval Officer:

“You don’t want SIQ…? 

Then why have you come here to the “MI Room”…?”

The Naval Officer pointed to his 3 year old daughter – and – he said to the Army Lady Doctor:

“My daughter has got “Loose Motions”…”

The Lady Army Medical Officer looked down from the Naval Officer’s face to his tiny daughter.

The small girl was holding her father’s hand and was standing below him.

Suddenly – the Lady Medical Officer got excited – and – she said:

“Oh My God – “Loose Motions” can be very serious – especially in children.

You must take your daughter to the Military Hospital (MH) immediately.

I will call the Ambulance and fill up her Hospital Admission Form.

You rush and take your daughter to the Military Hospital Khadakwasla – or – better still – you take her to Command Hospital (CH) Pune. 

I am sure there will be some Child Specialists over there.”

Accordingly – the Naval Officer took his daughter to the Pediatrician in Command Hospital Pune.

The Pediatrician examined the small girl.

Then – the Pediatrician said to the Naval Officer:

“Why did you bring your small daughter all the way to Command Hospital for a simple case of “Diarrhoea”…?

Your Unit Medical Officer could have treated this easily.”

A few days later – at a party – the Army Lady Doctor tried to rationalize her actions.

She said to the Naval Officer:

“You look so young that I thought that you were a “Student Officer”– I did not realise that you are a “Staff Officer” on the Navy Directing Staff. 

I am sorry – but – since you were in “civvies”– I mistook you for an Army Course Officer.

You see – most of the Army Officers have come to IAT Pune for a Training Course after a hectic field posting.

They consider IAT as an Rest and Recreation (R&R) posting – a good opportunity for Rest and Recreation at this salubrious laid back place.

The Officers want to relax over here with their Families and enjoy this peace tenure.

So – they mostly come to the “MI Room” for “SIQ slips” – because – once I declare them SIQ (Sick in Quarters) – they can relax at home and spend “Quality Time” with their families…”

We nicknamed the Army Lady Doctor in Uniform as:

“SIQ Quack  – or – more charitably – the “SIQ” Medical Officer.


Well – I cannot comment on her medical skills.

But – we noticed that “SIQ” Medical Officer was running the IAT Healthcare System like clockwork – in a most efficient way – that would have done “Doc Daneeka” proud.

Any Officer reporting to the “MI Room” was promptly given 3 days “SIQ” – and told to take rest at home.

And – if an Officer protested that he was genuinely ill – he would be rushed to the Military Hospital in an Ambulance.


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