The University of Utah Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship program provides a setting in which advanced, highly skilled, medical education can take place. The faculty provides the opportunity for fellows 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. This is achieved through our integrated year-long Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program and training to enhance administrative, research, and educational skills.

We are committed to providing excellent clinical exposure, as well as directed, expert instruction, promoting self-directed education, and fostering the refinement of fellows’ scientific and academic pursuits. The educational program 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

  • Train competent and professional physicians who take excellent care of patients.
  • Train knowledgeable doctors able to take great care of critically ill patients using evidence-based guidelines and scientific publications.
  • Train surgical critical care intensivists that are able 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 our fellowship program “fellow-focused,” with a priority placed on fellow education while keeping in mind the need for patient care and hands-on teaching.

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

Phone: 801-213-2589

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