*Doc McStuffins has been making the rounds – touring across the country in an interactive “Doc Mobile” tour.
Doc McStuffins is the Disney Junior channel’s popular animated series spotlighting a six year old African American girl named Dottie McStuffins.
Like her mother she wants to be a doctor, but of course, she’s prohibited to practice because of her age. Instead, she uses her stuffed animals and dolls as patients.
The tour, like the Disney show, is a way to instill in young girls and boys good health behavior.
The Doc Mobile is a 27-foot Airstream trailer custom-made to reach young kids ages 2-7. It features an area for kids to perform a “check-up” on their own toys plus other activities and age-appropriate health and wellness lessons including nutrition and physical development and fitness.
Dr. Deonza Thymes (pictured below), on staff at Long Beach VA Hospital as well as several other hospitals throughout California, explains, “The tour is a collaboration with Artemis Medical Society and Disney to bring Doc to light – to show kids that just like the title (from tour ad) says there’s so much they can do to take care of themselves. There are ways they can be involved in making themselves healthy.”
Thymes is one of the founding members of the Artemis Medical Society, an organization comprised of 3,000 women of color physicians. They organized a year ago she says, “Because one of my really good friends that I did residency with was watching Doc McStuffins with her daughter and she was just so moved. She called me and said have you seen this cartoon? We didn’t have images like this when we were growing up as little girls.”
She went on to explain that the two of them galvanized other physicians of color and they all got creative to let the cable giant know how pleased they were with the show.
“We put a collage together and sent it to Disney and basically said thank you Disney Junior. We are Doc McStuffins all grown up. What started as a social movement has progressed to a mission really to make people aware of women physicians of color in medicine and to change the face of medicine.”
The tour will be in Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, September 26 and Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, September 28.
Editor’s Note: the Washington DC event, originally scheduled for Sept 17 was cancelled, in light of the shootings at the Navy Yard earlier this week. As of this posting, an alternate date/venue has not been scheduled. Please check back.
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