Dr Ankit Mittal

RSTMH Student Ambassador, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi or AIIMS, Delhi is one of the most premier institutes in the country. It has been consistently ranked #1 for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as for patient care over the last several decades. The institute has pioneered in ground breaking research work since its inception. Moreover, it is one of the largest public hospitals in the country and caters to patients from all across the country.

India is a land of diversity, and this is not just limited to its people or its culture but also to the diseases prevalent in the country. Despite a poor Doctor-patient ratio and a stressed healthcare infrastructure, the country has still managed to cater to its population at large. National Programmes over the past many years have helped in curbing the spread of diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Filariasis, Tuberculosis, etc. Despite the best efforts, we as a nation are lagging behind the targets. Despite the high burden of infectious diseases, the country lacks trained infectious diseases specialists. Although institute like AIIMS, Delhi have come up with training programmes in infectious diseases, the rest of the country also needs to address this shortage urgently.

The ultimate goal is to be able to make a difference in the field of Infectious Diseases in my Country. I want to remain associated with Academics for the longest time possible. My proudest achievements are:

  1. Published a systematic review on “CT-Halo sign” [Ray A, Mittal A, Vyas S. CT Halo sign: A systematic review. European Journal of Radiology. 2020 Mar 1;124:108843.] 
  2. Wrote a chapter on “Clinical approach to Sepsis” in the textbook of “Infectious diseases in the Intensive Care Unit” [Mittal A., Soneja M. (2020) Clinical Approach to Sepsis. In: Soneja M., Khanna P. (eds) Infectious Diseases in the Intensive Care Unit. Springer, Singapore. 
  3. Contributed to the creation of an android application on “Antibiotic policy” for effective antimicrobial stewardship.

The main reasons I became a RSTMH Student Ambassador is that it allows you to interact with young, likeminded researchers and clinicians all across the globe. It is also seemed to be a great way to create awareness about tropical diseases, especially in a country like India, which has one of the highest burden of tropical diseases but continues to neglect it, much like the rest of the world.

One fun fact about me: I am a big travel buff. Want to travel the world.