University Health Services appoints Rebecca Simcik as new Medical Director

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dr. Rebecca Simcik has been named medical director of University Health Services (UHS). She started the role on March 16 after serving as acting medical director since September 2021.

“We are delighted that Dr. Simcik has accepted the position of Medical Director. In addition to her excellent medical care, she brings energy and vision to the administrative team at UHS,” said Andrea Dowhower, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Acting Senior Director of UHS. “As a former student and student leader at Penn State, she also brings an understanding of student life outside of the care provided by clinical services. She will be an important leader in the student affairs strategic initiative focused on a collaborative approach to student health and well-being.

As medical director, Simcik oversees the clinical services department at UHS, which includes all nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, laboratory, radiology, and physical therapy. The position also oversees UHS care teams, including Healthy Eating and Living Support (HEALS) and the Diverse Care Team.

“As a fellow Penn Stater, I’m grateful to be taking on this role on a more permanent basis,” Simcik said. “UHS strives to provide meaningful medical care to our students, and I look forward to the future. UHS is often the first place a student can seek care independently and that should be a stimulating experience [for them].”

Simcik began working at UHS in November 2018 and had previously trained and worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Simcik currently practices internal medicine, commonly referred to as adult primary care medicine. Her other areas of practice include mental health medication management, PrEP prescribing, gender affirming care, and sexual/reproductive health.

In the UHS ambulance bay at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Simcik worked as one of the first UHS COVID-19 aid providers. During her tenure as Acting Medical Director of UHS, Simcik supervised more than 100 staff members who make up Clinical Services, facilitated the day-to-day operations of clinical staff, and collaborated with academic entities such as Consulting Services and of Psychology (CAPS), among other responsibilities.

Simcik earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State and an MD from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

UHS, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is an all-inclusive on-campus health care service offering medical, pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, insurance, laboratory, imaging, medical records, and emergency services .

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