Richard Krugman Award for Distinguished Service is given to board members of the association who are MD graduates of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and who have contributed outstanding service to the Association and to the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Audrey Corson An internal medicine physician and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Audrey Corson leads a life of service fueled by a passion for helping others.
Dr. Corson found her passion for medicine as a high school volunteer at Hahnemann hospital in Philadelphia. She was encouraged to channel her aspirations by applying to nursing school, and chose The University of Pennsylvania which allowed her to earn both her RN and her BSN degrees.
After becoming a nurse practitioner and earning her MS at the University of Colorado, Dr. Corson felt motivated by a desire to provide more comprehensive care to patients and thus obtained her MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1982. It was thanks to the advice and support of her mentors that she matched at Duke University, before finishing her final year at University of California at San Francisco.
She then moved to Washington DC and started her full-time working career at the student health clinic at Georgetown University. This position allowed her to work, publish eight academic papers and raise 3 children, simultaneously. Dr. Corson served as board member, secretary, vice president and president of the Montgomery County Medical Society and chairman of the Operations Committee for the Maryland Medical Society. She was named as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors in her field and has received numerous accolades, including the County Medical Society Outstanding Physician award.
Additionally, Dr. Corson maintained engagement with academic medicine at George Washington University,by serving as a mentor for medical students and residents. Although she makes her home on the East Coast, Dr. Corson continues in her capacity as a board member for the University of Colorado Medical Alumni Association, where she has served for over a decade. Involved with the Engagement and Activities Committee since 2017, Dr. Corson proves instrumental in supporting new initiatives, including the Student Specialty Seminar Series, a sequence of virtual meetings that sought to foster community and improve alumni-student connections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, she was a member of the CU Medical Alumni Association (MAA) Task Force and helped to strategize and prioritize communications, engagement and philanthropic goals for the MAA board of directors. In pursuit of her passion to help others, Dr. Corson volunteered her time as a mentor with FirstUp, a program that pairs first generation medical students with former first-generation alumni.
After her retirement, she also began volunteering for Mobile Med. This organization serves the uninsured and underinsured population. She has served in multiple roles – including being an interim medical director, supervising patient care and serving on the board. For Dr. Corson, a life of service is, in many ways, effortless, as a spirit of giving back is the essence of who she is.