I'm a dermatologist looking to relocate to St. John. Is there a need for a dermatologist on the island? Thanks!
We always need good doctors, particularly if your specialty is medical rather than cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Clayton is one local dermatologist who has a practice split between St. Thomas and St. John, as many doctors do. In general it seems that there is too little business to sustain a specialty medical practice on St. John, not that we wouldn't love it. There are two factors: (1) St. John is about 1/10 the size of the other two islands population-wise, which means fewer potential patients; and (2) more so than STT or STX, STJ has a high percentage of "continentals" who can afford to travel stateside at least a couple of times a year for specialist medical visits.
Could you please, please, please come to St Thomas? We really need another dermatologist. Dr Clayton is not a board-certified dermatologist, he is a Family Medicine specialist.
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooo plz come to st. croix they need great doctors like ya.................plz
It might be worth contacting Red Hook Family practice. http://www.redhookfamilypractice.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site.locations/action/dtl/loc/3730.cfm
They have three locations two on St Thomas and one on St John. I would think a group like that with multiple locations would be able to provide a patient base quicker than a private practice and having the population base of both islands to pull from. We have been using the Yacht Haven Office as our primary care provider since moving here and have been pleased with them.
Jay: I beg to differ. I would rather see physicians contact Dr Thelma Watson, the medical director of the hospital and discuss opportunities. CKCI could use a good skin cancer program.
Please come to St. Croix. I need a melanoma specialist.
As you can see, we ALL would love to have you come down. The business is here whether on STT, STJ or STX. STJ and STT residents can easily come for visits since it is only a 15 minute ferry ride between the islands.
Speaking of doctors I recently learned our island has one and I repeat only one cardiologist! A very gifted and talented local that completed residency on VI scholarship money was told the island doesn't need them, go ahead and practice on the continental. Part of the VI scholarship money was for the doctor to return and practice, yet was told your debt is erased as the island doesn't need another cardiologist.
Lipstick: I am very skeptical about that story. *-)
EE what is about my statement you find skeptical?
The statement came from the Doc's mouth.
Wow, didn't they just open a modern new cardiology clinic at the hospital here on STX? Can't imagine they have too many docs for it...
Lip: Well, for one thing, exactly *who* told the doctor that the "island didn't need them?" I just don't like all the "he said" stuff.
The "Who" is the VI gov't in charge of scholarship money on STT. FYI the doc is a female cardiologist.
Well, the doc should call and speak to Thelma Watson, M.D., chief of medicine at SRMC. The doc should also speak to Roy Flood, M.D., the only cardiologist on St Thomas. I am not sure that the "VI government in charge of scholarship money" is a credible source of information on the medical profession and that is why I was skeptical of your statement, 'Chick. 😎
At least we agree on one thing....There is only ONE cardiologist on St Thomas!
Too late the female doc this island helped through med school has already set up practice in the states!
There are several specialties represented by one practictioner- neurology, ENT, dermatology, psychiatry, etc. As I said, she should have talked to the folks in the medical community.
The entire point of my post went over your head East Ender. She's happy where she is at.
Now, Now.....cant we all just get along?;)
We are definitely short on dermatologists. I doubt you could make a living on St. John alone (small population), but you could probably do 2 days per week on St. John, and on 2 days commute to St. Thomas (15 min ferry ride), and my guess is you'd do very well.
And the point that went over your head 'Chick is: You cannot make sweeping statements about "people" telling "people" "something" without identifying who told what to whom. If she is satisfied, she must not have wanted to live here. That does happen to a lot of professional locals.
I'm not about to state who my friends are here and there names nor are you. Stating people's names on BB is ridiculous. Nothing I've stated is sweeping.
You need to take a chill pill dude.
See - there we go - recommending pharmacuticals that do harm! LOL! Do I need to separate the two of you?!?
Lippy: I did not say to name people literally. And this is not just to you, so don't take it personally, but when someone makes sweeping statements, one should be prepared to back them up. Linda, this is just a nice civilized discussion. 🙂
I know - I was just being parental. Kids are grown and gone - have cravings to be the disciplinarian at times. 😉