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PA-C Manresa, Ashley R. specializes in the following Orthopedic areas:
Hip, Joint Replacement & Revision, Knee, Shoulder, Spine

Ashley Reed grew up around medicine, following Dr. Stephen Reed in the hospital and clinic starting at a young age, and has always had a great love of science and helping people. This background led Ashley to pursue a career in medicine. After completing her undergraduate work in Microbiology at the University of Florida , Ashley earned a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Ashley has returned home to Central Florida where she grew up to begin her clinical practice.

What is a Physician Assistant?
Physician Assistants (PAs) are commonly found within the medical field. The following information addresses some commonly asked questions:

A PA is a healthcare professional who is licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. They must undergo national certification and complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years.

What do PA’s treat?
Physician Assistants can perform most of the routine functions in a medical practice. PA’s are able to handle common patient medical complaints, follow-up visits, and patient education and counseling. PA’s are responsible for the day-to-day care of patients, turning to their supervising physicians when faced with cases requiring more advanced medical knowledge.

Can PA’s prescribe medications?
Yes, this is a routine responsibility of a treating PA.

How is a Physician Assistant educated?
PA students are taught in programs located a medical schools and teaching hospitals. They typically share classes, facilities, and clinical rotations with the medical students. The PA program curriculum is 111 weeks as compared to 155 weeks for medical school.

Following the classroom and laboratory instruction in the basic medical and behavioral sciences (such as anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine and physical diagnosis), clinical rotations begin in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and geriatric medicine. PA students complete 2,000 hours of supervised clinical practice prior to graduation.

Roles and Responsibilities of a Physician Assistant?
Physicians and Physician Assistants work together as a team. The physician-PA team is effective because of the similarities in physician and PA training, and the efficiencies created by utilizing the strengths of each professional in the clinical practice setting. Duties for a PA may include performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting lab tests, assisting in surgery, and making rounds at hospitals and nursing home facilities.

In addition, PA’s are excellent assistants at surgery. The familiarity and experience of the physician-PA surgical team results in efficiencies in the operating room that can reduce operative and anesthesia times.