Folake Taylor was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian–born parents in the early 70s and was raised in both countries before settling in the United States to live the American dream.
Taylor obtained her medical degree (MB ChB–Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 1998 from the Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. After medical school, she underwent a year of rotational internship in Nigeria after which she relocated to the United States. She is a 2006 graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Program of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
During residency, she participated in research. Folake Taylor is co-author of “Dyspnea, Dry cough and Fever in a woman with treated Rheumatoid Arthritis” (Photo Quiz in American Family Physician January 2007). She was the Presenter and a Co-author for “Identifying Priority Areas for Improving Patient Satisfaction in an Inner City Public Hospital,” an abstract presentation at the regional American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting (April 2005). She also co-authored “Resident Satisfaction with Continuity of Care Experience in a Public Hospital setting,” another ACP abstract presentation.
Taylor was active during her three year residency in Internal Medicine. She was acting Chief resident for a month, a position that requires leadership, organizational and people skills. After this, she received the Chief Residents’ Award for “going above and beyond”. For a period in residency, Taylor was a motivational speaker for the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) for some years. In addition, she was a role play participant in the Step II CS USMLE exams (medical licensing exams) also for some years. She was a front runner for the coveted position of Chief Resident after completion of her residency in 2006, a position she declined to take up a primary care position in an underserved area. She currently practices outpatient Internal Medicine in the Atlanta metro area and resides in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and toddler.
Taylor is a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Folake Taylor is a practicing Christian and was raised as one. Like Michael J. Fox, she describes herself as an incurable optimist. According to Taylor, the best part of her job is being able to affect people’s lives positively. Writing this book is satisfies her goal of reaching an even bigger audience with her message.
Her objective for her debut, The Only Way is Up is to facilitate change in her environment by the collective involvement of each individual in the community. Though dealing with critical issues, this book is written in a laid back often comical manner and will hold your attention till the end.
She believes in making the world a better place, one person at a time, one good deed at a time. And she has faith that it is possible if only we try. She communicates this message in The Only Way is Up: The Journey of an Immigrant.
Taylor’s mother, Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole, an internationally renowned scholar and professor of English language and literature is the author of Womanism and African Consciousness and some other literary works.
On a lighter note, here’s the juicy part! Folake loves to have fun, especially with her favorite people, her husband and little girl. She loves to travel, loves water sports (though a non-swimmer) and she loves to read and watch great movies. Guess what else she loves? Go carts and Six Flags!
She is also somewhat of an avid social networker and can be found on facebook quite often interracting with friends, family, fans and fellow authors on a variety of issues varying from family, right versus wrong, raising kids, politics, health and world hunger to pop culture and books.
“We can do it. Yes we can!”
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