Celebrating National Women Physicians Day

Posted by Brooke Burgess on 2/3/20 9:38 AM

National Women Physicians Day (Feb. 3) recognizes the path female doctors have paved in the U.S. over the years. The date commemorates Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. in 1849. As we reflect on and celebrate the achievements of women in medicine, we asked our physicians to share any advice they would give their younger self as a woman entering into the profession. Here’s what they had to say:

LIThank you to our female physicians!

Dr. Joyce Loeffler, Urology

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland and Davis

“In medical school, study hard, study the basics. Concentrate on anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology – and perhaps now, immunology. If you have the basics down, the rest of medicine is a lot easier, more understandable and fun.”

Dr. Carrie Black, Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Mercy Medical Group – Gold River

“Being a physician is a rewarding and fascinating profession. Every day is new and exciting. As caregivers, we are invited into some of the most intimate moments for a patient and their family. Being with them through their pain and joy makes the long working hours and the many years of training worth it.”

Dr. Zeba Yamin, Family Medicine

Dignity Health Medical Group – Bakersfield

“Be true to yourself. We are taught to be clinically detached in medical school but I found that went against my nature. I do my best when I empathize and connect with the patient and the past seven years in primary care have been very rewarding.”

Dr. Pin-Chieh Chiang, Family Medicine

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland and Davis

"Looking back, I would tell my younger self the road is long, but the journey is more fun than people give credit. Even though there might be different challenges, you will find a way through them – some you will survive, and most, you will conquer.”

Dr. Kimberly Hart, Pediatrics

Mercy Medical Group – Citrus Heights

“Be more active in the community through volunteering. I loved being a CASA volunteer in medical school and working with foster children. I looked forward to engaging and becoming a part of a wonderful community.”

Dr. Dana Cozzetto, Podiatry

Mercy Medical Group – Carmichael

“Pick a profession that you are passionate about that offers the most flexibility. Being in a busy career and balancing raising children is no easy feat! Pick a career that allows flexibility in your schedule so you can be present for your patients but also for your children.”

Dr. Amira Zaid, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland and Davis

“Dare to dream and never give up. There will often be doors that shut in your face because of who you are and what you look like. Keep knocking on those doors. You'll be the one who opens them for others in the future!”

Dr. Karen Win-Vroom, General Surgery

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland and Davis

“You will question your career choice – we all do – and when you do, you have to remember your why.  You make a decision on those days, to keep going or not, because the rewards can be so great – because it is such a privilege to literally hold lives in your hand.”

Dr. Wendy Dyer, Internal Medicine

Mercy Medical Group – Cameron Park

“As I believe Angela Davis said, accept what you cannot change, but change what you cannot accept.”


  • LIThank you to our female physicians!

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