WILD: Women in Leadership Development


Our Approach

WILD is a series of evening talks, workshops, and networking sessions available GME-wide to all women residents and fellows at UCSF.

The experience is designed to launch women into their careers in a way that combats systemic gender inequities in academic medicine.

WILD: Series collaborates with the existing WILD Conference held annually in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Our Mission

Our mission is to give women residents and fellows the tools they need to stay in the leadership pipeline as they launch their careers.

WILD Calendar 2019-2020

Stay tuned for the WILD 2019-2020 academic calendar!

We are planning to have events in September, October, November, February, March and April covering a range of topics. See below:

  • Negotiating your Contract and Beyond

  • Improving Your CV to Get the Job You Want

  • Financial Power for Women in Medicine

  • Allyship

  • Becoming and Effective Advocate for Women’s Health

  • Mentorship - Diversifying Your Mentors!

Were you a WILD Certificate Holder in 2018-2019?

Stay tuned for our focus group series, coming August 2019. We hope to meet with previous WILD participants to learn from you and improve the WILD experience.

Check back next month for details on how to participate!



While matriculation into medical school is over half women, men continue to outnumber women in leadership positions. Consider the numbers in academic medicine. Only 16% of medical school Deans are women, only 15% of department chairs are women, and men are more than twice as likely to become full professor when compared with women.
— Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges

WILD UCSF Co-Directors and Sponsors


Dr. Santhosh specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine with a focus on medical education. She attends in the Medical ICU, the Neuro ICU, and on the Internal Medicine teaching wards, and has clinic in the Pulmonary Outpatient Faculty Practice at UCSF-Parnassus.

Dr. Santhosh serves as the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Health Professions Education at UC-Berkeley. She gives clinical lectures to students, residents and fellows as well as interprofessional team members. Her primary interests in medical educational research are related to ICU transitions of care, women in leadership development, clinical reasoning, and subspecialty education career choice.


Dr. Keenan is a fellow in the UCSF Division of Hematology/Oncology, with a focus on immunotherapy and gastrointestinal cancers. She received her BS in biology at Loyola University of Maryland and her MD/PhD in Immunology from Johns Hopkins. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at UCSF. 

Dr. Keenan developed an interest in issues relevant to women in science and medicine while she was a MD/PhD student at Johns Hopkins.  She established "AWSM" (Association of Women Student MD-PhDs), a group whose aims included promoting women in science and medicine, career development, and recruitment/outreach of women applicants into the Hopkins MD-PhD program. Through their efforts, Dr. Keenan and several other women MD-PhD students were included in a leadership course designed for junior faculty. She has endeavored to bring the skills learned in that course to UCSF with the development of "WILD: Symposium", an annual one day leadership event for women internal medicine resident and fellows. She is excited to partner with Drs. Gilbreth and Santhosh to continue expanding lessons learned in "WILD: Symposium" to a larger audience. 


Dr. Gilbreth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, based at San Francisco General Hospital. She works in both the outpatient Children's Health Center where she is the Associate Medical Director of Primary Care and on the inpatient ward and infant care centers of the hospital.

Dr. Gilbreth is a graduate of the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved program at UCSF. She completed her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and received her B.S. from Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, where she studied History of the Americas and Global Public Health.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active in the great outdoors with her dog, Val, and spending time with friends and family.


WILD Sponsors, Mentors & Partners 2019-2020

  • UCSF Graduate Medical Education

WILD Sponsors, Mentors & Partners 2018-2019

  • Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators

  • UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education

  • UCSF Library

  • UCSF Graduate Medical Education