Cities around the country are all abuzz with little boys and girls coming out in throngs to see their favorite cartoon darling Doc Mcstuffins on an interactive mobile bus. But what makes this Doc McStuffins tour EXTRA special is the fact that real life physicians who are women of color have also joined this movement and are changing the face of medicine by serving as role models in the tour.
The tour kicked off August 18th in Boston and is making it’s way around to select cities (below) and will come to Atlanta on Sept. 14th. The Doc Mcstuffins will be on hand to greet families.
The doctors represent the Artemis Medical Society, an organization comprised of more than 2900 physician women of color representing 39 U.S. states and 12 countries.
During the Doc Mobile events, Artemis Medical Society members will greet fans of the popular Disney Junior Series “Doc McStuffins,” showing it is truly possible for life to imitate art. The Artemis Medical Society was formed in June 2012 by 12 American women after its founders saw a reflection of themselves in the “Doc McStuffins” character.
“As a physician and mother, I’m grateful to Disney Junior for creating meaningful programming,” said Dr. Myiesha Taylor, Artemis Medical Society co-founder and president. “We credit Doc McStuffins with sparking a movement, now we are organized for a greater purpose and vision. Artemis is setting the ground work for a more diverse physician workforce. We want people to know Doc can be on the small or big screen, and she can also be in your communities.”
Similar to the animated series, the Doc Mobile, a 27-foot Airstream trailer custom made to reach young children and families with fun and empowering lessons on health, wellness and nutrition. Doc Mobile will make stops in 10 cities: Boston, New York City, Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Each event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule visit DisneyJunior.com/DocMobile.
“We are proud to be partnering with Disney for our first national program. It has energized us and revealed the goodwill and commitment of Artemis members to the community and our profession,” said Dr. Deonza N. Thymes, vice president of programs.
Artemis Medical Society helps promote an environment in medicine where women of color from around the world can come together to support and learn from each other across all medical specialties. Since their formation they have worked diligently to create a supportive environment by fostering a strong sense of community among their membership. Artemis Medical Society believes women physicians of color are a vital part of an effective physician workforce that is responsive to, and aims to deliver quality healthcare to our increasingly diverse communities. Artemis Medical Society’s mission is to serve, nurture and celebrate a global sisterhood of women physicians of color. Through mentoring, networking and advocacy, the organization is providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to society.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT ARTEMIS MEDICAL SOCIETY MEMBERS:
- Collectively, members see more than 15 million patient visits per year.
- Members are likely to be between the ages of 26 and 40.
- Members are likely to have at least one child.
- Members are likely to be a primary care physician.
Oooh, I would love for my daughter to see Doc McStuffins! Heck, I would love to see her. I wish that there were more locations in the Midwest. Maybe a suggestion for next year.