My daughter has caught something, and if you are a parent I am sure you know that once something gets into the house it tends to go around. So I’ve got it to. We’ve developed a serious case of Disney Junioritis. Clinically the strain we’re dealing with is an addiction to Disney’s “Doc McStuffins” at least we think that’s what “Doc McStuffins” would come up with out of her Big Book of Boo Boos. And it appears that what we’ve got is going around. “Doc McStuffins” has become TV’s top rated preschool series.
Since its March 2012 premiere, “Doc McStuffins” has garnered worldwide attention for its portrayal of a young girl who runs a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse. “Doc McStuffins” has also sparked a social movement. The young girl portraying “Doc McStuffins” on screen and in real life is a young African-American child. “Doc McStuffins” aspires to be a physician just like her Mom. The show has been heralded among African-American physicians and 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 from around the world.
In celebration of Black History Month, Disney Junior debuted “We Are Doc McStuffins” interstitials featuring Doc McStuffins alongside the founding members of the “We Are Doc McStuffins” movement which include 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 who provides specialized care for the underserved, including the elderly and patients with high-risk illnesses. In the interstitials the physicians share what their jobs entail and salute their heroes in the medical field.
The series stars the voices of Kiara Muhammad as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. The series’ theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel’s hit series “A.N.T. Farm” and Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain.
My three year olds Disney Junioritis and addiction to Doc McStuffins is something I want to fully run its course. Her childhood experience has been shaped with dreaming and imaginative play and Disney characters have played a large role in that. The “We Are Doc McStuffins” mantra is something that not only resounds for physicians but also for the viewing audience and its kid target. “Doc McStuffins” is making an impact on the child I have today and the one I will have in the future.
A part of my child’s toy arsenal is now her trusty doctor’s bag. She has actually become a better patient after watching “Doc McStuffins” she looks forward to going to the doctor for check-ups and she has an understanding of what they will do once she is there. Even more so seeing a reflection of herself on screen has help to embed into her psyche that she can become whatever she wants including a doctor. “Doc McStuffins” has also helped to reinforce my own messages of healthy eating and lifestyle to my daughter.
For the members of the Artemis Medical Society they are “Doc McStuffins” all grown up. But as for the little girl that I am raising now and for all of those around the world who are dreaming and learning “We Are Doc McStuffins” now.