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The University of Utah School of Medicine offers both a one-year Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship and a combined two-year SCC/Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Fellowship. The Department of Surgery enrolls one fellow in each track annually. 


To be eligible for the one-year SCC Fellowship, an applicant must have completed at least three clinical years in an ACGME-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program located in Canada in one of the following specialties prior to their start date: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurological surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, otolarnygology, plastic surgery, surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, or urology.

If applying for the two-year SCC/ACS Fellowship, an applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program in the United States or Canada.

Additionally, the fellow must meet all the requirements contained in the “Eligibility and Credentialing of Housestaff” Policy of the University of Utah Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME), including:

  • Being eligible for and obtaining a license to practice medicine in the state of Utah.
  • Completion of all United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) examinations.
  • Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the ACGME


  • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) OR
  • Graduation from a medical school outside of the United States and meets one or more of the following qualifications:
    1. Has a currently valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate OR
    2. Has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in U.S. licensing jurisdictions OR
    3. Is a graduate of a medical school outside of the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical
  • Passing a criminal background check
  • Compliance with the Health Sciences Center Drug Testing

Eligible applicants apply through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Applications are screened and then reviewed by the Program Director and a diverse group of at least four faculty members and selected applicants are invited to interview. Candidates will then be evaluated on their standing within their residency program, educational qualifications, academic productivity (grants, publications, degrees, and experience), interviews, and letters of recommendation. Finally, selected fellows are matched via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and are sent an offer letter.

Required Information

In addition to the SAFAS application, the following are required:

  • A personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE and ABSITE Scores

You can obtain more information regarding the GME policies and benefits, along with general information, at the GME website.

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2023: Interview season begins
  • May 31, 2023: Application deadline
  • June 21, 2023: Match opens
  • July 12, 2023: Ranking opens
  • June 27 and July 7, 10, 12, 13, 20, 2023: Interview dates
  • August 23, 2023: Rank order list certification deadline
  • September 6, 2023: Match day




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: 801-213-2589

University of Utah Health
50 North Medical Drive
Surgery 3B110 SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84132