Application Process

To be eligible for the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, an applicant must have completed a general surgery training program prior to their start date. 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
  • Compliance with the Health Sciences Center Drug Testing

Eligible applicants apply through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and specialties matching service, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Applications are reviewed by the Program Director and selected applicants are invited to interview. Applicants are then 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 sent an offer letter.

Required Information

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

  • A personal statement
  • Photo
  • 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.



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


Fellowship Coordinator:

Anna Darelli-Anderson
Phone: 801-213-2589

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