DALLAS/FORT WORTH (March 2, 2014) – The Fort Worth Business Press has selected Artemis Medical Society as one of its 2014 Health Care Heroes.  Artemis Medical Society was selected for their groundbreaking “We Are Doc McStuffins” campaign which encourages children to pursue careers in medicine.

The “We Are Doc McStuffins” campaign was the bold response of a mother and physician seeing a reflection of herself in the acclaimed Disney Junior “Doc McStuffins” character. “We Are Doc McStuffins” served as a social movement to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in the country’s physician workforce. Today, Artemis Medical Society, an organization of more than 3400 women physicians of color from around the world is a byproduct of “We Are Doc McStuffins.”

“We are especially thrilled to have been selected as a 2014 Health Care Hero by the Fort Worth Business Press because it recognizes the work we do in our backyard,” said Dr. Myiesha Taylor, President, Artemis Medical Society.  “Our members are grateful that our community service through the We Are Doc McStuffins campaign was the impetus for our selection as a 2014 Health Care Hero.  We understand the importance of being role models and will continue to develop and promote public campaigns such as this to ensure that our nation and the greater Fort Worth area has the diverse physician workforce we need for our future.”

The Fort Worth Business Press 2014 Health Care Heroes will be honored on March 5, 2014 at the City Club in Fort Worth.  Artemis Medical Society, a Fort-Worth based 501c3, joins a distinguished list of honorees that includes Texas Health Resources CEO Douglas Hawthorne and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.  Artemis Medical Society will be represented at the awards dinner by President Dr. Myiesha Taylor and Treasurer Dr. Tonya Sweezer.  For a complete list of this year’s finalists, visit:  http://fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article.aspx?sv=srch83651t34&aid=4304

“Our selection as a Fort Worth Business Press 2014 Health Care Hero is a great honor,” said Dr. Sweezer. “When Artemis Medical Society was founded in 2012, our founding members strongly believed that it was crucial to support public awareness campaigns that would promote health care careers for girls and boys.  We also believed that it was crucial for us to focus on traditionally underrepresented communities in the health care professions and encourage children from those communities to become the next generation of diverse physicians our nation will need to ensure quality health care for all.”

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. Through mentoring, networking and advocacy, the organization is providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to our rapidly changing society.

Learn more about Artemis Medical Society at www.artemismedicalsociety.org.

Press Contacts

William Schlitz, (510) 701-0810, wschlitz@tayloredphysician.com

Malizy Scruggs, (469) 226-7131, malizy@christianmadisonpr.com

 

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