When Joanne Berkowitz was in medical school, she was one of only five women in the Class of 1972. Trained as an internist and an emergency-room physician at the medical center, she started one of the first urgent-care centers in Sacramento 21 years ago, has served as president of the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society, and was recently elected to the California Medical Association's Board of Trustees.
Her growth from a self-described "shy medical student" to a valued leader in the medical community mirrors the school's own pioneering spirit and the evolution and impact of women in the field of medicine.
UC Davis has placed above the national average for female enrollment, was the first in the nation to have a female associate dean, and was among the first in the nation to create a position in the dean's office to focus on gender issues in academic medicine. These firsts have empowered women faculty, enabling them to make substantial contributions to improve the practice of medicine in many fields.