HEART-IM Planning Team

Student Planning Committee


Becca Ellis


Becca Ellis (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. She studied philosophy with a focus in metaphysics and epistemology as an undergraduate at Harvard before coming to medical school through the Humanities and Medicine Program at Mount Sinai. While in medical school, Becca has spent time as the leader of the Palliative Care Interest Group as well as the Student Medical Ethics Group. During her first year of medical school, she received a scholarship to pursue research on improving geriatric care in the ED through the Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program (MSTAR). During her time at Mount Sinai, she has also devoted time to several original bioethics projects, exploring the value-ladenness of scientific inquiry in the context of medicine and clinician education. She has enjoyed volunteering as a preceptor for her school’s foundational clinical skills course as well as a student advisor for first- and second-year students. While in New York, she has sung in the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, an ensemble dedicated to exploring and creating exemplary classical and contemporary music composed for women’s voices.
Inspired by her primary care rotations and working at Mount Sinai’s student-run free clinic, Becca is excited to be pursuing a career in internal medicine. She is passionate about bringing humanism to medicine through advocacy and patient-centered practices. She hopes to become a clinician-educator and expand teaching methods and modalities for medical students. Outside of medicine, Becca loves baking elaborate desserts, reading, and playing with her dog Elio.

Josh Pepper


Josh Pepper (he/him/his) is completing his final year of medical school in the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP), and is a 2018 Scholar in the Pisacano Leadership Program. He grew up in Fresno, California. He studied Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he became interested in how the environment impacts health. Josh is a passionate cartographer and used maps and geospatial analysis to research the impact of air pollution on asthma in rural California for his Masters thesis. He also spent a summer in South Africa building the first comprehensive online map of HIV resources across 9 countries in southern Africa.
Josh is interested in medical education and curricular development. He represented his class on the JMP academic curriculum committee for three years, currently serves as a student advisor to the new Kaiser School of Medicine in Southern California, and intends to complete the UCSF Health Professions Education Pathway program. Josh also co-directed the JMP’s student-run clinic for low-income and homeless populations in Berkeley, and believes that healthcare is a basic human right for all people. Outside of classrooms and clinics, Josh enjoys cooking for his family and friends, gardening, playing guitar and mandolin, reading, and spending as much time in the mountains as possible. He intends to apply into Family and Community Medicine.

Ishana Shetty


Ishana Shetty is a rising MS4 at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. She spent her undergrad years at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) majoring in Film Analysis and trying very hard not to follow her parents into medicine. Her perspective was changed after a medical mission trip to Panama and after working with a research lab that studied health disparities in medically under-served populations–two incredibly humbling opportunities that opened her eyes to the rewarding nature of working in medicine.
Ishana continues the pursuit of service in medicine by working with the BRIDGE clinic at USF to provide free healthcare to uninsured patients in the greater Tampa Bay area. She also volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay both to provide a positive influence and to better understand the challenges facing under-resourced families. Ishana intends to apply to OB/GYN where she hopes to work to improve birth outcomes in medically under-served populations. In her downtime she enjoys playing video games and distance running.

Kelsey Sicker


Kelsey Sicker (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She studied Biology at The Ohio State University. As a medical student, she was a dedicated leader as co-president for the Students for Integrative Medicine interest group and the Student Wellness Team where she promoted self-care, combated burnout, and coordinated opportunities for student exposure to complementary and alternative medicine. She was part of a team that implemented a Culinary Medicine curriculum for medical students and was involved in teaching cooking classes for both student peers and patients. She volunteered at a local free clinic to do auricular acupuncture for patients. She is driven by a passion for learning and for holistic medicine, particularly lifestyle, psycho-emotional, and spiritual contributions to health.
Kelsey is pursuing Family Medicine residency where she dreams of teaching cooking classes for her patients, performing acupuncture, and incorporating osteopathic manipulative treatments in patient care. Kelsey enjoys playing and watching sports (especially the Buckeyes), cooking (and eating), dancing, and giving massages.