University of Alberta

Research Spotlight


Dr. May Sanaee supervised four residents (Shauna Regan, Skye Russel, Kristen Simone, and Julia Parkman) who investigated factors during their on-call shift, how their shifts are set up and identify areas of improvement. The pilot study surveyed 21 residents over 17 12-hour shifts looking at sleep hygiene and habits. Contributors to fatigue regardless of seniority or low vs high-risk pager shift were attributed to non-urgent pages with 49.4% of pages perceived as non-urgent. Subsequently, 81% of residents supported the development of problem boards to reduce the number of non-urgent pages and this will help to provide a framework for other institutions to learn more about resident fatigue and non-urgent paging in their program. This study was presented at the Department of OBGYN Research Day in 2023 and has been published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (JOGC).

Regan S, Russell S, Simone K, Parkman J, Sanaee M. A Pilot Study in Fatigue Risk Management amongst Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents at the University of Alberta. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2024 Mar 4:102431

Current Projects
The Urogynecology team at University of Alberta is currently actively involved in the following studies:

  1. Urinary Tract Infection Bundle Study. This study, led by Dr. May Sanaee, concluded this year. Preliminary results have been presented at the CSPM 2023 Annual Meeting and at the AUGS 2023 Meeting with a manuscript currently in production.
  2. Prophylactic Antibiotics during Treatment of Overactive Bladder in Women with Botox for the Reduction of Postoperative Urinary Tract Infection: A Randomized Blinded Placebo-controlled Trial. This study is led by Drs. Kelly and Groves and is currently half-way through recruitment.
  3. Labral Tears as a Cause of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Dr. May Sanaee is leading this systematic scoping review of the literature in collaboration with Jani Kung University of Alberta librarian), Dr. Erin Kelly (Urogynecologist), Dr. Yoan Bourgeault-Gagnon (Orthopedic Surgeon), Astha Sharma (Physiotherapist), Melanie Morin (Physiotherapist, PhD), and Anneline Slabbert (patient partner) to understand what is already known about this type of pain.
  4. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: A Systematic Review using the Consensus-based Standards for the selection of Health Measurement Instruments (COSMIN) checklist by Sarah J. Conrad, MScRS; Stéphanie Bernard, PhD; Douglas Gross, PhD; and Linda McLean, PhD. The manuscript has been submitted to BJOG and is currently under review.
  5. The team is currently in the recruitment phase for the following multi-centered trials:
    1. RCT trial COMET out of UBC
    2. Pessary study using machine leading pessary fitting out of University of Toronto

2023 – Q1 2024 Publication List
Geoffrion R, Koenig NA, Cundiff G, Flood C, Hyakutake MT, Schulz J, Brennand EA, Lee T, Singer J, Todd NJ. Procedure-specific simulation for vaginal surgery training: A randomized controlled trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2024 Feb 21.

Regan S, Russell S, Simone K, Parkman J, Sanaee M. A Pilot Study in Fatigue Risk Management Among Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residents at the University of Alberta. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2024 Mar 4;46(6):102431. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2024.102431. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38447666.

Vasas L, Mancuso M, Hanson B, Sanaee M, Flood C. The peri-operative gender clinic: A descriptive observational study. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2023 May 1;45(5):369.

Welk B, Kelly E. Laser devices for vaginal rejuvenation: effectiveness, regulation and marketing. CMAJ. 2023 Feb 6;195(5): E195-E196. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.221208. PMID: 36746476; PMCID: PMC9904821.

Yurick S, Ray S, El-Nashar S, Brennand E, Kim-Fine S, Sanaee M, Regan S, Geoffrion R, Occhino J, Hijaz A, Sheyn D. Prediction of Postoperative Urinary Tract Infection Following Benign Gynecologic Surgery. Int Urogynecol J. 2024 Apr 16. doi: 10.1007/s00192-024-05773-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38625604.