University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Women in Leadership and Development (WILD) Program

Women in Leadership and Development (WILD) is a trainee-led program that provides women fellows in the Department of Medicine with a toolkit for career advancement and skills to negate the systemic gender bias and inequities in academic medicine.

Why It's Important

Although more women than ever are graduating from medical school, women are still underrepresented among academic medicine faculty and leadership, including full professorships, division chiefs and department chairs.

To address these disparities, WILD fosters and promotes:

  • Advancement of women through education, professional growth, and leadership development
  • A collaborative environment among women in medicine at UW
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities for department fellows
  • Professional advancement of women in the institution and beyond
Group of participants at WILD session


The WILD curriculum is a series of skill-building sessions open to all department fellows. Topics include:

  1. Personal self-reflection: Career Pathway Panel
  2. CV writing workshop
  3. Building your Personal Board of Directors: Shaping Leadership Identity
  4. Negotiating your first contract
  5. Allyship, Advocacy and Empowerment
  6. Financial Power

Complete three of the six sessions to earn a certificate of completion.

Related Department of Medicine news article

Dr. Sylwia Kaeding holds WILD program completion certificate, Dr. Sarah Donohue and Dr. Dana Ley stand on either side of her


Program Co-Founder
Rheumatology Fellow

Program Co-Founder
Gastroenterology Fellow

WILD Book Club Founder
Hematology/Oncology Fellow

Faculty Advisor

Program Administrator

Participants in WILD session