Literacy Week: “The More That You Learn, The More Places You’ll Go”


Phyliss Taylor, M.D., Medical Director, Outpatient Services, UF Health Jacksonville

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I believe that my passion for reading has opened up a world of opportunities to me including landing my dream job as a psychiatrist.

Even before I knew what type of job I wanted, I loved to read psychological thrillers and murder mysteries to try to figure out who committed the crime and why. I remember getting lost in the storyline, sometimes reading whole novels in just a few hours or a couple of days.

This natural curiosity and love of reading helped to sustain me through years of education and training. I had to read, memorize, and understand a lot of information about the brain and body as I completed my pre-med courses in college and during my medical school classes.

In order to stay on the cutting edge of medicine and keep current in my field of mental health, I regularly read and analyze scientific literature. As a professor of psychiatry, I use journal articles, textbooks, and other online resources to help prepare my lectures for the residents who are doctors in training. I also do research about my topic before giving presentations about mental health in the community, writing articles in the newspaper, or appearing on television.

Reading is an essential part of my job every day. I also encourage my patients to read because it can reduce anxiety, improve problem-solving skills and memory, and help people to experience things outside of their own little world.