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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

About Our Program

The University of Utah Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship was established at the University of Utah in 2003 and has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education since then. 

The fellowship provides a setting in which advanced, highly skilled, medical education can take place. Fellows have the opportunity to not only acquire an in-depth knowledge of advanced skills in critical care and operative techniques, but also to develop both academically and professionally. The program is committed to delivering excellent clinical exposure, as well as directed, expert instruction, promoting autonomous education, and fostering the refinement of fellows' scientific and academic pursuits. The fellowship consists of a combination of mentorship with a gradual increase in clinical, administrative, and educational responsibilities; didactic instruction; hands-on experience; and self-directed learning. 

Clinical rotations take place at University of Utah Health, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Intermountain Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During clinical rotations fellows evaluate new patients and manage patients under treatment, including the simulation and treatment planning, while under appropriate supervision. Fellow progress is evaluated on an individual basis following the completion of each clinical rotation and by the Program Director on a quarterly basis.

Program Aims

The fellowship aims to:

  • Train competent, professional, and knowledgeable physicians to take excellent care of critically ill patients using evidence-based guidelines and scientific publications.
  • Train surgical critical care intensivists to become board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Train fellows to participate and lead research investigations during and after fellowship, and to understand and be able to utilize medical statistics in their investigations.
  • Keep the program “fellow-focused,” with a priority placed on fellow education while keeping in mind the need for patient care and hands-on teaching.

Case Volume

RRC Procedure 2020 2021
Endotracheal or Nasotracheal Intubation 37.5 37.0
Fiberoptic or Rigid Bronchoscopy 20.0 25.5
Advanced Mechanical Ventilation 110.5 103.0
Shock Management 117.0 233.5
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury 31.0 42.5
Dysrhythmia Management 77.0 49.5
Neurologic Management 102.5 63.0
Hepatic Failure 24.0 42.0
Noninvasive Cardiac Output Monitoring 89.5 45.5
Nutrition 100.0 39.5
Gastrointestinal Disorders 53.0 50.0
Infection 97.5 91.0
Miscellaneous Procedures 92.0 33.5
Injury 82.0 97.5
Endocrine Disorders 35.0 32.0
Organ Failure 45.0 58.0
End of Life Care 34.0 31.0
Total Critical Care Patients 496.0 525.0

Policies & Benefits

You can obtain more information regarding the graduate medical education policies and benefits, along with general information, at the Graduate Medical Education site.



Alexander Colonna

Alexander Colonna, MD, MSCI, FACS


Associate Professor
Director, Phase IV Surgery Clerkship
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Co-director, SICU

Phone: 801-585-1436



  Anna Darelli-Anderson

Anna Darelli-Anderson, MEd, BA, C-TAGME

Associate Director of Education
Program Manager
Veteran, US Air Force

Phone: 801-581-6345

University of Utah Health
50 North Medical Drive
Surgery 1C435A SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84132