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.
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.
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.
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. 😎
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.