Resident Spotlight: Dr. Brandon Krout

Growing up in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Brandon Krout never dreamed that his career would land him in rural South Georgia. However, now in his first year at Georgia South Psychiatry Residency Program, Krout couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Krout first started his medical journey at Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. From there, he attended St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree.

Having spent several years in Georgia during medical school, Krout knew he really enjoyed his experience in the state and was looking to make it his home.

As he approached the completion of medical school, Krout’s search began for a residency program in Georgia. Although he had an offer with another program, he ended up coming to Moultrie to interview at Georgia South.

“I was hooked on Georgia South after my first interview,” said Krout. “I was so blown away that I immediately called my wife, and we had a long discussion about how amazing the program is. Some of the highlights were Dr. Lisa Rudolph-Watson, the program director, and the residency coordinators. I knew I wanted to be part of their team. The people are what made the difference. Also, we loved the city of Moultrie when we visited. My wife jokingly told me that if we went anywhere other than Moultrie for residency, I’d have to go alone.”

As he was being interviewed, there were several other things that stood out that further confirmed Georgia South was the right choice for him.

“I remember noticing that not only was each person in the psychiatry program welcoming, but everyone in the hospital was very friendly,” said Krout. “I could also tell that Colquitt Regional is invested in psychiatry with the addition of the inpatient geropsychiatry unit, and that is very exciting to me.”

When match day arrived, he found out that he would be packing his bags and moving to Moultrie to start at Georgia South. Since July 2023, Krout has been settling into his role and gaining lots of firsthand experience in the psychiatry field, which he feels is setting him up for a successful future.

“I feel that Georgia South is preparing me for my career by providing me with exposure to a full spectrum of cases,” said Krout. “Also, the duality of learning directly from faculty and the autonomy the program provides has given me daily opportunities to work on my craft.”

Although he can’t pinpoint one particular experience as his favorite, he said he looks forward to the weekly academic sessions where all the residents gather to learn more about relevant medical topics.

“I really enjoy those sessions and being able to see my co-residents,” said Krout. “They are a big part of why I ranked Georgia South as my top choice, so connecting with them is a weekly highlight.”

When not practicing medicine, Krout may be found outdoors running or cycling. He also enjoys waterskiing and looks forward to visiting one of the nearby lakes.