GIM Faculty on the COVID-19 Frontlines

As the largest safety-net hospital in New England, Boston Medical Center cares for the most vulnerable and often under-served communities in Boston and is currently caring for the second highest number of COVID-19 patients in the city.

Drs. James Hudspeth and Sarah Kimball of the Department’s Section of General Internal Medicine share their experiences working on the frontlines in an unprecedented time for the hospital and the country.

Dr. Hudspeth oversees the hospital’s COVID-19 response inpatient floor, where he assesses and cares for patients who are too sick to stay at home but who do not require intensive care. “‘I’ve been doing this for 14 years, and I have a very good sense of a patient with pneumonia, who looks good and who looks bad, and what kind of patient I need to worry about. COVID-19 upends all that.’”  Read More


Dr. Kimball codirects BMC’s newly launched influenza-like illness (ILI) clinic. Here she and her team assess patients who present with flu like symptoms to determine risk and tracing for possible contact with and transmission of COVID-19. “’We want to know how sick they are, what symptoms they have experienced, where they work, and if they are homeless,” Kimball says. “We do a symptom screener and then we do a risk screener.’” Read More 

Full story appears in BU Today by Art Jahnke