Editor’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of profiles of the physicians training at the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program. Earlier stories ran May 23, July 18, Aug. 23, Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, 2018, and March 29, April 26 and May 12, 2019.
MOULTRIE, Ga. — A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Kayla Batchelor has always loved the South. This ultimately played a huge role in her decision to complete her residency at Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program.
Batchelor attended Belhaven University and then moved onto Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation, Batchelor moved to Moultrie with her husband, Collin.
“The Moultrie community and Colquitt Regional have been overwhelmingly welcoming to my husband and I,” said Batchelor. “Georgia South and everyone at the hospital have gone out of their way to ensure that I am adjusting well to residency and the hurdles that come along with being a new physician.”
One of the many ways Georgia South welcomes their new residents is with a team-building activity at the YMCA Adventure Course. Batchelor reminisced that the various team-building activities, including a dual zip-line, climbing tower, and various team-building activities has been her favorite memory thus far.
With a particular interest in women’s health and in-office procedures, Batchelor enjoys the ever-changing nature of Family Medicine, which allows her to be a part of the unique events of her patients’ lives.
“Patient interaction is important to me,” said Batchelor. “I want to be there for significant milestones like childbirth, athletics, routine visits, and so much more.”
Having studied Sports Medicine in college, Batchelor’s initial plan was to pursue a career in athletic training or physical therapy. That plan changed throughout the course of her undergraduate years, though.
“I soon realized that while I enjoyed Sports Medicine, I enjoyed the continuity of care that family medicine offers,” said Batchelor.
Georgia South exposes residents to a variety of patients and pathology in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This has allowed Batchelor to “gain tremendous knowledge on a daily basis” as well as have “autonomy with the management and treatment of patients.”
Upon completion of her residency, Batchelor plans to pursue a career as a family medicine physician who has a passion for advocating and educating patients. She is currently nearing the end of her first out of three years in the residency program.
“If I can do that while maintaining a good work-life balance for my husband and future family, I can do anything,” said Bachelor.