Location: Femicare Tienen, Belgium

Datum: 16 an 17 February 2024


Friday 16 Feb 2024

Time Activity
08.30-09.00 Arrival – Coffee – Breakfast
09.00-09.30 Introduction Femicare, ISIDOG (International Society for Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Deel 1:  Diagnosing vulvovaginitis
09.30-10.30 Microscopy in clinical practice (G. Donders)
10.45-11.45 Vulvovaginitis: ‘The big five’ (A. Tsiakalos)
12.00-13.00  Lunch
13.00-14.00 Rol of molecular biology in vulvovaginitis (S. Lebeer)
14.00-15.00 Microscopy during pregnancy (F. Donders)
15.00-15.15 Discussion and coffee
15.15-16.30 Interactive selective cases presentation
16.30-17.00 Discussion – summary
17.00-19.00  Break
19.00-22.30  Dinner at Fidalgo – meet the faculty – networking

Saturday 17 Feb 2024

Time Activity
08.45-09.00 Arrival – Coffee – Breakfast
Deel 2:  Practical fresh wet mount microscopy + Hands on
09.00-09.15 How to use and understand a microscope (K. Ruban)
09.15-09.45 Sampling collection and preparation of microscopy slides (G. Donders)
09.45-10.00 Femicare registration and scoring system (K. Ruban)
10.00-10.15 Coffee break
Exam – certificate
12.00-13.00 Lunch & networking
13.00-15.30 Hands-on microscopy and case discussion (all staff)
15.30-16.00 Presentation of selected cases
16.00-16.30 Wrap up – ceremony certificates – End of  Part 2
Farewell drink
18.00 End of Master course

Practical Information

This two-day internationally recognized course is organized by Femicare VZW, and is certified by IUSTI Europe, ISIDOG and EBCOG as a master course ‘training in diagnosis and microscopy of vulvo-vaginal infectious pathology’. An application for accreditation was also submitted to the RIZIV (Belgian Federal Accreditation Agency).

Speakers and tutors are all authorities in the field, with various international publications to their name and extensive clinical experience. All were trained in microscopy in the Femicare Research unit.


Participation costs: €580  (Residents/Students: €295)

Participation costs for ISIDOG members: €540 (Residents/Students: €265)    

This includes the course, teachers, hands-on microscopy with 4 life microscopes and screen, two breakfasts, two coffee breaks, two lunches and exclusive dinner. There is also an exam with the issue of a certificate. NO previous experience is necessary.

Number of participants

Participation in this course is exclusive and strictly limited to 15 participants.

What to bring?

You are kindly asked, if possible, to bring some air-dried swabs to view and discuss together. However this is in no way obligatory


Femicare is located in the Fit ‘n Form building, located at Gasthuismolenstraat 31, 3300 Tienen, and is easily accessible on foot or by taxi from the train station, or by car. Parking at the building is available.

Where to stay?

Special price has been negotiated with in Hotel Kronacker for this course. Walking distance.

Exclusive dinner

…is included in the participation fee, the organization kindly invites you to dinner in the Fidalgo restaurant at the end of day 1. If you can’t attend, please inform us during the morning session at day 1. Any dietary requirements can be communicated when registering for the course.

How to register

Please pay directly using follwing bank connection: BE59 3300 1162 7526 of Femicare VZW.

Alternatively, you can purchase your participation online using buttons below.


580.- €


295.- €

ISIDOG members

540.- €

ISIDOG students

265.- €