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.
“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.
After the group started “We Are Doc McStuffins”, it spawned into the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of more than 2,500 female African-American physicians and medical students from around the world.