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.

2019 WILD Calendar

Note - Dinner is provided at all evening events!

Speech Skills, January 18th

Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay


Cara Alter leads a 3-hour morning workshop to strengthen executive presence and hone communication skills. This event is the morning capstone of the WILD-IM all-day event, which is open to medicine residents and fellows.

To RSVP for the full-day of events, please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/4KgOulQbcXkgrmPO2

To RSVP for the morning Speech Skills session only, please register here:  https://goo.gl/forms/ELoXnch2k8C1c6OE3

Intersectionality in Medicine, February 21st

Mission Hall, 1401-1402 6-8PM

Megan Mahoney, MD, former UCSF faculty member and guest from Stanford University will teach what intersectionality is and how it impacts leadership in health care.

RSVP here.

Seeing and Responding to Microaggressions, March 21st

Parnassus Health Sciences West Room 302 6-8PM

Kim Tran, of ReadySet, has developed this custom workshop for WILD where you will gain and practice skills in identifying and responding to micro-aggressions in the workplace.

RSVP here.

Building Your Personal Brand, April 17th

Carr Auditorium, ZSFG 6-8PM

UCSF faculty Louise Aronson, MD, MFA will lead this hands-on workshop where you will learn narrative medicine skills and apply them to developing your personal brand and find your unique voice! This workshop will help you better pitch yourself and your ideas during your career.

RSVP here.

Engaging Allies in the Work, May 16th

Parnassus Health Sciences West Room 302 6-8PM

We encourage women residents and fellows to bring an ally to this WILD event! Together, we will collaborate across genders and learn how to engage allies at home and at work in order to support women’s careers in medicine. This workshop will be led by Bridget Keenan and Maggie Gilbreth, two WILD Co-Directors.

RSVP here.

Amplifying Your Voice, June 18th

Location SFGH Carr Auditorium 6-8PM

Catherine Lucey, MD UCSF’s Vice Dean for Education, teaches us how to amplify our voices in order to better promote ourselves and work that we are passionate about. Dr. Lucey’s talk will be combined with a WILD end-of-year celebration!

RSVP here.

Thank you for attending our events in 2018, including:

  • Medicine, Empathy and Meaning for Women Doctors with Lucy Kalanathi

  • Effectively Using Family Leave & Interviewing While Pregnant with Mary Anne Mason and Amy Day

  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating a Better Contract with Rebecca Berman

  • Leveraging Your Network for Professional Growth with Tamara Mendehlson and Urmimala Sarkar

Get More WILD!

Please note that the WILD Certificate Program for the 2018-2019 academic year is full. Stay tuned for opportunities to sign up next year!

WILD: Leadership Basics for Women

We welcome all women residents and fellows to join us when they can, with no requirement to join a certificate program or access additional resources. If you want more, check out our certificate programs below.

Introductory Leadership Certificate


  • Access to WILD leadership resources

  • Certificate of completion


  • Sign-up by December 1, 2018 through any RSVP

  • Attend at least 2 WILD sessions throughout the year

Advanced Leadership Certificate


  • Access to WILD leadership team for personalized support

  • Curated leadership resources chosen for you

  • Certificate of completion


  • Sign-up by December 1, 2018 through any RSVP

  • Attend at least 4 WILD sessions throughout the year



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 Founder & Director Team


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 a new faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics 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 and spending time with friends and family.


WILD Sponsors, Mentors & Partners

  • Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators

  • UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education

  • UCSF Library

  • UCSF Graduate Medical Education