Topic Doctor turned diplomat
Date August 10, 2017

Doctor turned diplomat with Dr. Sumit Seth

Dr. Sumit Seth is a career diplomat, member of the prestigious Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He is currently posted at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Geneva where he represents India at various multilateral meetings with WHO, WIPO, and UN Human Rights Council. Before joining the IFS, he worked as a medical doctor, specializing in Forensic Medicine. He is the author of a best-selling book: “Review of Forensic Medicine” #RoFM

On the 10th of August 2017, Dr. Sumit Seth hosted a live 30 minutes Q&A session on Goodwall. The session was attended by 114 students from around the world.

" Read less and study more, write while you are reading the subject you wish to master -
imagine you are going to teach that topic to someone. Underline scribble on the side of the book."

Is forensic medicines different from forensic sciences? —Aman

Forensic Science is an umbrella and Forensic Medicine is one of the specialized set.

What is forensic medicine? —Anh

It’s a specialized branch of Medicine where one uses medical knowledge in dealing with various question of law, Investigating Homicides, identifying humans, estimation of age, describing injuries, finding out about poisons and so on.

What is your position? —Uygar

I’m currently posted at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva as the First Secretary. Looking after India’s strategic interests on Intellectual Property at WIPO, Global Health Issues at WHO.

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How does one get into diplomacy? I'm currently studying my A-Levels and hoping to go into economics at university. Diplomacy and aid work has always been a passion of mine but I've never known how to pursue it. I'm currently in the process of organising a trip to South Africa to provide education at a small townstead as a way to get into this field, but is there anything else you can suggest? —Mo

Each country has separate entry route to become a Career Diplomat. In India for example, this is through a common exam for all civil servants known as Civil Services Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission of India.

When did you join the Foreign Service? Also, How do you balance between medicine and diplomacy? Most people believe you can only commit yourself to one or the other, what career paths allow you to do both? —Nicole

I joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2005. My work as a diplomat doesn’t have a direct linkage with what I studied in Medicine however since I am an Indian delegate at WHO, my medical background helps me in my day to day work in understanding various Global Health issues. Also, I keep reading about Forensic Medicine in my leisure time. In fact, I run a Facebook blog on Forensic Medicine which has some 21000 followers all over the world.

Tell us a bit about your book. —Erion

I wrote a book on Forensic Medicine The book can be searched using a hashtag #RoFM. My book is now in the 6th edition, a bestseller on Forensic Medicine on Amazon India!

When it comes to career prospects, these are three overarching skills one need to work on:

  1. Critical reading
  2. Coherent writing skills
  3.  excellent public speaking

In short Studying not just reading, I would like to recommend a book – How to read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler . It’s a classical guide to intelligent reading and  talks about the rules of reading.

I read and try to study but I don’t really get what I’m reading most of the time. —Anh

Exactly, Reading is a skill one needs to inculcate skills that are useful for reading anything. My second recommendation, how many of us know about Feynman Technique of learning or have heard about it? Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize-winning – physicist he argued best way to learn is by teaching! To learn by teaching someone else a topic in simple terms. Once you know the subject it is easier for us to articulate

Here is a link to learn more about the  Feynman Technique:

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How can we develop this public speaking and mainly the stage fear? —Aman

First – when we converse with one individual we know normally do not feel stage fright. So when you are talking to a crowd imagine that this crowd is a single unit, speak to them as if you are taking to an individual.

That’s how one can overcome fright .. however little nervousness is good for us to perform better. It helps decrease adrenaline in our blood. Regular Meditation also helps to calm our nerves!

Whichever profession we are pursuing, whether diplomacy, medicine or teaching, the core skills remain the same, ::: Read Less, Study More :::
Reading is not enough if you want to Study
“Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of it— which comes to the same thing— is by writing in it.” (from How to Read a Book)
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Topic Doctor turned diplomat
Date August 10, 2017