Meet the woman who wields stethoscope, TT racket with equal aplomb

Story by  IANS | Posted by  Tripti Nath | Date 11-10-2023
Harmita Patel, a doctor and a Table Tennis champion
Harmita Patel, a doctor and a Table Tennis champion


New Delhi

With hard work and focus, Harimita Patel is chasing two of her childhood dreams -- becoming a doctor and a table tennis champion.
Patel, a fourth year student in MBBS at Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS) and a state-level table tennis champion, has been wielding stethoscope, TT racket with equal aplomb.
Born to a Railways official and a homemaker mother, Patel is lucky to receive love and support from both the parents and her younger sister.
Encouraged by her family, faculty and friends, she now plays table tennis at the state level and participates in inter-university tournaments.
She has won the KSKV Kachchh University Inter- College Table Tennis (TT) tournament for two consecutive years. She was also selected for the West Zone Inter-University TT tournament.
Patel said, “Besides physical fitness, TT has helped me attain focus, which in turn helps me in my studies. I have received encouragement from everyone, be it in my studies or sports.”
After completing MBBS, one-year internship and three years of residency, she aspires to become a pediatrician as it would give her a chance to work with kids.
The Navsari resident said she chose to study at GAIMS because “the faculty is very good; the environment is safe and conducive to pursue medical studies and the facilities at the hospital are excellent”.
“GAIMS has always endeavored to inculcate the spirit of excellence in academics along with distinction in sports and co-curricular activities for all-round development to produce medicos who become knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate healthcare professionals. We are proud of Harimita as she has brought laurels to the institute," says A.N. Ghosh, Dean, GAIMS, who is also Professor in Department of Microbiology.
GAIMS is affiliated to Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachchh University. G. K. General Hospital (GKGH) is the attached teaching government hospital, which is the only multi-specialty teaching hospital in Kutch district.
It was completely destroyed in the 2001 earthquake. The government decided to rebuild the hospital. It entered into an agreement with the Adani Foundation to establish a medical college in the region and hand over the operations of the hospital.