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The doctor is in! 'Doc McStuffins' reveals changing face of medicine
As TV doctor dramas go, Doc McStuffins is no ER. The protagonist is a cartoon preschooler who provides primary health care for stuffed animals from a backyard play house. In a typical episode, she diagnoses her little brother’s teddy bear with acute “dusty musties” and prescribes a good laundering. The brave bear rides the waves and emerges from the washing machine clean enough to snuggle the boy without aggravating his allergies.
“If he ever makes you sneeze again,” Doc McStuffins advises her grateful sibling, “he just needs a wash and he’ll be all better.”
If you think this is generic kidstuff, think again. In the 11 months since Disney Junior launched Doc McStuffins, the show has become cable TV’s top-rated preschool series and, more important, the spark of social movement. Why are viewers, activists and health professionals heralding this sweet little show as the best thing since penicillin, or at least since the Huxtables?
Because McStuffins―black, female, roughly five years old―fills a void in popular culture and brightens a lonely corner of American health care. African-Americans make up 13% of the population, yet barely 4% of the nation’s doctors are black, and only 1.9% are black women. Our health care suffers for that lack of diversity, and so do thousands of black youth hungry for career opportunities.
“The country needs a health care system that reflects its own diversity,” says Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency physician based in Dallas. “You’d be surprised how many people still think ‘doctor’ means ‘old white guy.’ If we can build on what Doc McStuffins is doing, the next generation of patients will have a different view of the medical profession, and so will children of color.”
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Disney Cartoons and Black Female Doctors - What's the Connection?
Martha Burk interviews Myiesha Taylor, prominent emergency room physician and advocate working with the Disney corporation to interest young Black girls in medicine through the cartoon Doc McStuffins.
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Keller Doctor Featured On Disney Channel Show
When Dr. Myiesha Taylor watched the Disney cartoon Doc McStuffins with her daughter, she saw a reflection of herself.
Now, in celebration of Black History Month, the Keller woman is one of three physicians being featured on the Disney Channel this month.
Taylor, an emergency doctor at Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale, talks about her job and her heroes during We Are Doc McStuffins, a real-life TV show that accompanies the cartoon .
The popular cartoon features a young African-American girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom. Since its premier in 2012, the Disney show has garnered worldwide attention for its portrayal of a little girl who runs a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse.
The real-life segments began airing Friday after a new Doc McStuffins episode. Additional segments featuring the real doctors will begin rolling out in March and will air regularly on both the Disney Channel and the Disney Junior channel.
Taylor, who played a key role in the creation of We Are Doc McStuffins, said her goal for the segments is to inspire children and their parents to think about and plan for the future.
"There's only one Beyoncé ... but if you study hard, you can be a physician," Taylor said.
Taylor said shows like Doc McStuffins make children realize that they can reach that goal.
"We're in a country where there are resources," Taylor said. "If you really want to do it, you don't have to let your circumstances stop you."
Disney Celebrates Black History Month With "We Are Doc McStuffins"
if you ask a kid, any kid, to name a famous basketball player, you’re more than likely to see the kid light up with excitement, maybe dunk an imaginary b-ball and run off names with a smirk like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Jordan, even if they know the latter only by his sneakers. Ask the little one to name a singer: “Beyonce”, “Willow Smith”, “Nicki Minaj.” Now ask her to name a famous Black doctor.
If the year was 1989, she might say “Dr. Huxtable.” In 2013, you’ll hear crickets.
With the debut of Disney Junior’s animated Doc McStuffins last year, kids age 2-7 got to see a portrayal of a little Black girl aspiring to be a doctor. Not a singer. Not a reality TV star. Not a princess. But a doctor. And those aspirations were made even more of a possibility with the network’s introduction of real life African American women who dreamt of becoming and then became…doctors. The series inspired a group of female African American physicians to begin a "movement" they coined, "We Are Doc McStuffins." Seeing a reflection of themselves in the Doc character and the opportunity to inspire young girls, the group grew to form the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of over 2500 female African American physicians and medical students representing 39 states and six countries. The organization’s mission is to serve, nurture and celebrate a global sisterhood of women physicians of color through mentoring, networking and advocacy.
Disney Channel to Celebrate Black History Month With New 'Doc McStuffins' Short Series
The Disney Channel will be celebrating Black History Month in February with a new set of interstitials called We Are Doc McStuffins.
The short segments are a spinoff of the Disney Junior series Doc McStuffins, an animated show featuring a young African-American girl who, inspired by her physician mom, sets up a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys in her backyard.
The interstitials will feature real-life female African-American physicians, specifically three of the founding members of the "We Are Doc McStuffins" movement: Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency doctor based in Dallas; Dr. Aletha Maybank, a pediatrician in New York City; and Dr. Naeemah Ghafur, a family doctor in Los Angeles.
"Doc McStuffins is a wonderful inspiration and we're pleased to be part of extending Disney Channel's role model message so girls, and most especially African-American girls, can be inspired to pursue a career in medicine," Taylor said.
Disney's Doc McStuffins Inspires a Real Life Medical Movement
In my 13 years of parenting, I have watched more hours of kids TV than I can count. Often the shows don't even register anymore. Or at least they only register when they are offensive because of overly sexualized and rude conversations (see Zack and Cody and many others).
When my daughter started watching Doc McStuffins, I thought, that's pleasant. And forgot about it. But after reading this article about how Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins has started a movement amongst African-American female doctors in the U.S., I'm planning to putting it on 24/7.
Disney Channel Celebrates Black History Month With New 'Doc McStuffins" Short Series
The Disney Channel will be celebrating Black History Month with a new set of interstitials called We Are Doc McStuffins. The short segments are spinoffs of the Disney Junior series Doc McStuffins, which features a young African-American girl who sets up a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys in her backyard.
The segments will include real-life female African-American doctors. Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency doctor based in Dallas; Dr. Aletha Maybank, a pediatrician in New York City; and Dr. Naeemah Ghafur, a family doctor in Los Angeles. These doctors are also three of the founding members of the “We Are Doc McStuffins” movement. The movement was formed after they decided they could use the show to inspire it’s young fans to become doctors.
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"Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana, started a movement with her "We Are Doc McStuffins" campaign on Facebook. Giving support to the show that depicted an African-American girl with aspiration of becoming a doctor, Dr. Taylor's efforts attracted hundreds female doctors from HBCUs nationwide who support positive images of black women in public health and the medical sciences."
Myiesha Taylor, MD
Great Women of Texas 2012
"Myiesha Taylor's desire to become a physician started early in her life.
Inspired by her grandmother and mother, both nurses who spent their careers working to provide quality health care in their communities, Taylor grew up with the dream of helping people address their health concerns.
"I know that I would not be a physician today if it was not for them," she says. "Both my grandmother and mother demonstrated great courage throughout their lives and instilled in me the understanding that we can overcome any circumstance that may appear throughout our lives."
Doc McStuffins: Role Model Encouraging Future Doctors
"In support,, Disney Channel last month cut a series of interstitials featuring several members of the We Are Doc McStuffins Project & Artemis Medical Society who share their personal stories with viewers to give them a better understanding of a real life doctor's role.
In the spots, Doc McStuffins introduces each real-life doctor, along with the specialty. The interstitials will air next March."
Full article below.
Inspiring Black Girls to Become Doctors
Goal of Increasing Diversity in Medical School Becoming Reality
Dr. Myiesha Taylor couldn’t help but take notice the day she spotted her then 4-year-old daughter, riveted on the TV screen and mimicking a brown-skin cartoon character who, herself, was suited in a white physician’s coat and floating through the front door after a day’s work.
Never mind that that animated Disney Junior character, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, was registering stuffed animals’ heartbeats with a pink toy stethoscope and was doing so with the kind of precision that imparts real lessons on the science of healing. That just might stir a preschooler’s curiosity and, even then, shape her career trajectory, said Taylor, founder of what has become a global project to push more female physicians of color into the pipeline.
Dallas Doctor Starts Support and Education Society for Women
Physicians of Color
"With the help from other physicians nationwide, Dr. Taylor created Artemis Medical Society, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit. Named after the Greek goddess Artemis, the mission of the society is to create and promote an environment in medicine where women physicians of color from all medical specialties can come together to support and learn from each other.
Dr. Taylor, who is Artemis’ president, said women physicians of color share a common bond because they are unique in the medical community.
Artemis started with the Facebook page in June, but is in the process of transitioning it to a new website www.ArtemisMedicalSociety.org. The Artemis boasts more than 2,000 members already."
A Rockin' Doc
A friendly new face on children's TV finds a following among real MDs.
"As she watched the premiere this past March of Disney Jr.'s Doc McStuffins with her four-year-old daughter, Myiesha Taylor was absolutely gob-smacked. An emergency medicine specialist in Texas, Taylor saw herself in Doc, the pig-tailed, brown-skinned, lab coat-wearing physician-in-training.
As Doc "healed" her ailing toys, Taylor re-called her own wonder years treating inanimate patients. "I kept charts," she says. "I had medical records for all my stuffed animals, and I still have some of them".
But the similarities didn't end there: Doc's mom is a physician, Taylor's mom, a nurse. And like Doc's dad, who is a stay-at-home father, Taylor's husband, William, work from home and is the primary caregiver for their three children.
"I am Doc McStuffins!" declares Taylor, who used Doc for her Facebook profile and tagged about fifty physician friends who are women of color."
Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With 'Doc McStuffins'
"Myiesha Taylor, a Dallas doctor who blogs at CoilyEmbrace.com, took her praise a step further, writing, “This program featuring a little African-American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation.”
Dr. Taylor, who noticed “Doc McStuffins” while watching TV with her 4-year-old daughter, Hana, was moved enough to collect pictures of 131 doctors — all black, all women — and publish a collage online under the heading, “We Are Doc McStuffins.” She also started a related Facebook group that now has 2,250 members.
“For Disney to make a cartoon that stars a little brown girl as an aspiring intellectual professional, that’s coming a long way,” Dr. Taylor said in an interview."
Profiles: EM Doc Sees Hope in Disney's "Doc McStuffins"
"When the Disney show "Doc McStuffins" premiered this year, Dr. Myiesha Taylor and her 4-year-old daughter Hana could not get enough. The show chronicles the life of 6-year-old African American Dottie "Doc" McStuffins, who cures the ouchies, oopsies, and uh-ohs that plague her stuffed animal friends. Dottie McStuffins wants to be a doctor just like her mother. Similarly, Dr. Taylor remembers using play medical equipment and medical records to treat her own stuffed companions.
As one of the first Disney shows to feature an African American female central character, "Doc McStuffins" sends a much-needed message to minority youth, who traditionally lack strong minority role models, said Dr. Taylor, an emergency physician in Fort Worth, Tex."
Disney Takes a Worthwhile Risk on Doc McStuffins Cartoon
"A fan of both the diverse casting and topical focus, Dr. Myiesha Taylor watches the show with her 4-year-old daughter. The series even prompted Taylor to create a side-project celebrating Black female doctors.
"It's so nice to see this child of color in a starring role, not just in the supporting cast. It's all about her," Taylor told the Associated Press. "And she's an aspiring intellectual professional, not a singer or dancer or athlete.""
'Doc McStuffins' Takes Kids on Health Quest
"There is a new animated series on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior that is a hit for the network and send black kids a positive message.
Doc McStuffins follows the adventures of a 6-year-old African-American girl who opens an office for her stuffed toys and animals. She was inspired by her mother, who is a doctor, while her father cares for her as a stay-at-home dad.
The show, which is targeted to the preschool crowd, is viewed by an average of 918,000 children ages 2 to 5, according to the New York Times. Considering these numbers, the doctors behind the blog Coily Embrace decided to show their support for the series by creating a Doc McStuffins board that displays portraits of 131 black female physicians."
Our own Dr. Taylor is part of a special shout out by Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC for the importance of Disney's Doc McStuffins.
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Black female doctors see something to be proud of in 'Doc McStuffins'
June 14, 2012
"Kids generally hate going to the doctor’s office. A children’s television writer created a new show aimed to ease those fears for her son. The show stars a young, spunky African American girl named Doc McStuffins who heals her sick toys. But the show’s also sparked a following among adults.
Myiesha Taylor was watching TV with her four year old daughter Hana when she saw previews for a new show on Disney Junior. Taylor is an emergency room physician at Texas Regional Medical Center. She said her daughter immediately took to Doc, with her pigtails, pink stethoscope and lab coat.
“The music on the show, when it comes on, she starts dancing around. So she enjoys that, it captures her attention immediately,” Taylor said. “And then she sits there, and she’s entranced.”"
Black Doctors See Hope in TV's 'Doc McStuffins'
June 12, 2012
"For Dr. Myiesha Taylor, who watches Disney Channel's "Doc McStuffins" with her 4-year-old, Hana, the show sends a much-needed message to minority girls about how big their ambitions can be.
"It's so nice to see this child of color in a starring role, not just in the supporting cast. It's all about her," Taylor said. "And she's an aspiring intellectual professional, not a singer or dancer or athlete."
So Taylor sent a message back, creating an online collage featuring an image of the buoyant Doc encircled by photos of 131 black women who are Doc's real life-counterparts, most garbed in their scrubs or doctor's coats.
"We are trailblazers," Taylor proclaimed on her website. "We are women of color. We are physicians. We ARE role-models. We are Doc McStuffins all grown up!""
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Diseny Jr. Investing in CG Series 'Doc McStuffins'
June 8, 2012
"Doc McStuffins targets basic health issues among children, and in the meantime does its best to demystify "the doctor's visit" as much as possible. The program has even inspired a grass roots program to raise awareness of African-American women physicians.
Dr. Myiesha Taylor, for example, is assembling a "We Are Doc McStuffins" collage as a Thank You to the Dublin-based artists and Disney producers for their acknowledgment and consideration for reflecting a much needed and level-headed increase in diversity programming.
"After watching Doc McStuffins," Taylor writes, "I believe that Doc McStuffins is the Disney character and program we had all hoped for. Not only does Doc McStuffins provide much needed diversity for Disney, it provides us with the ability to refocuses our children on new possibilities for their future."
"Those new futures may end up playing an important role in ensuring the well-being of all Americans. Imagine in a few years there will be another young lady, who will remember watching Doc McStuffins and playing doctor with her stuffed animals, whose "golden ticket" will not come from a singing competition, but in the form of an acceptance letter to the medical school of her dreams. Now that is something worth celebrating.""
Tragedy Inspired Woman To Save Lives
April 29, 2012
"Twenty years ago, as Myiesha Taylor heard the news that her father had been killed in the opening hours of south Los Angeles' chaotic and violent descent, her future career took shape in her mind.
Dwight Taylor, a 42-year-old standout basketball player who was trying to buy groceries for his family on the wrong night of the year, died in an emergency room as the riots crystallized into a live-action horror film for the nation just hours after the acquittal of four policemen accused in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.
Myiesha Taylor, a high-school senior, would save people like her dad someday.
"After what happened to my dad, I became aware of how much I wanted to make an immediate difference in people's lives," she said.
She didn't just dream it or think it. She did it."
FDA Won’t Ban BPA Chemical in Packaging
March 30, 2012
“Moms Influencing Policy?
Some of the biggest forces behind the drive to ban BPA, however, are not large organizations, but are moms on a mission. They are women using the power of social media to influence policy on an issue they are passionate about.
Dr. Myiesha Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas, started her crusade against BPA about seven years ago. Her two children, she said, were developing vague illnesses and she couldn't pinpoint the cause.
She started doing research to learn about products she may be using or foods her kids were eating that could possibly make them ill.”
Recognition of adoption shouldn't leave out international families
November 3, 2011
“November has always been associated with giving thanks for the things we cherish in life. For many, that celebration of thanks is centered on family. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's provide opportunities for families to travel far distances to be together and celebrate.
Our family's celebration also includes the anniversary of our youngest daughter's adoption from Ethiopia. This December we will celebrate her third year with our family and share with as many friends and family as will listen why they should consider adopting a child.
Coincidentally, November is also National Adoption Month. The purpose of the recognition is to shine light on the many children who have no family and would love to be adopted.”
The Birth Of A New Stereotype About African American Women
September 5, 2011
"The surgeon general of the United States, Regina Benjamin, created news last month by attending the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta to raise awareness on the alarmingly fast-growing rates of obesity in America. What made this appearance different is that she did it in the context of tying African-American women's hairstyles and lack of exercise to a cause of obesity.
I was taken aback that our nation's highest-ranking physician and an African-American woman allowed herself to create a whole new hair stereotype for African-American women. A quick search on Twitter and Facebook shows that many non-African-Americans heard the surgeon general's comments and now believe that our hair is a cause for obesity.
If you ask most African-American women about their hair, they can talk for hours about the styles, techniques and products they use to maintain their hair. What they also may share with you if asked are the stories of non-African American friends and strangers asking such questions as "Can I touch your hair?" -- and sometimes touching without permission -- and how that made them feel."
Starbucks CEO's pledge to withhold political donations looks like a PR stunt
September 2, 2011
“Recently I have watched in amazement the large number of people falling all over themselves to praise Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for his call to stop providing political contributions to elected officials. Since sending out his letter, Schultz has received praise from many for being willing to take on the political beast in Washington, D.C.
What is amazing about this "pledge" is not what Schultz has promised but what he has left out. In his letter, Schultz writes the following:
"This is what so many common-sense Americans want. That is why we today pledge to withhold any further campaign contributions to the President and all members of Congress until a fair, bipartisan deal is reached that sets our nation on stronger long-term fiscal footing. And we invite leaders of businesses - indeed, all concerned Americans - to join us in this pledge."
This sounds wonderful to many in our country, as frustration grows at the inability of our elected officials to put aside their political differences and address serious issues. But by writing this pledge to deal only with "campaign contributions to the President and all members of Congress," Schultz and his fellow CEOs have left themselves a loophole big enough to fund the entire 2012 election cycle.”