How Do You Play NephMadness?

NephMadness is a month-long celebration of all things nephrology by the AJKD Blog team. We pit 32 unique aspects of nephrology against each other.

How to Enter

  1. Submit your picks (after which you'll be asked to register/log in)
  2. Visit AJKD Blog to learn about all the teams in the tournament
  3. Get your friends, family, patients, and co-workers to fill out brackets!

How are Matches Determined?

The winners for each of the matchups are determined by a majority vote from the blue-ribbon panel before the start of the tournament. 


One copy of Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 10th Edition, will be awarded to:

  • Top Overall score

One copy of National Kidney Foundation Primer on Kidney Diseases will be awarded to:

  • Top Medical Student score*
  • Top Resident score*
  • Top Fellow score*
  • Top Attending score*

One NephMadness Plaque will be awarded to:

  • Top Group score+ (each individual in the group will also receive a NephMadness bag)

One NephMadness bag will be awarded to:

  • Best tweeter
  • Best blogger

*First registration question must be answered for prize eligibility. See scoring & rules.
+Second registation question must be answered for group prize eligibility. See scoring & rules.


  • March 7, Tuesday, Bracket entry opens
  • March 24, Friday (11:59pm EDT): Deadline for entering contest
  • March 26, Sunday: First round results. Scoring begins & Saturated 16 named
  • March 29, Wednesday: Saturated 16 results and Effluent 8 named
  • March 31, Friday: Effluent 8 results and the Filtered Four named
  • April 3, Monday: Filtered Four results and the finalists named
  • April 5, Wednesday: NephMadness Champion crowned




NephMadness is powered by AJKD Blog.


Entry Window Open

Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:59:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

You have 1 day(s), 3 hour(s) and 54 minute(s) left to fill out your bracket.

Scoring Details
  • Round 1 correct picks receive 1 point(s)
  • Round 2 correct picks receive 2 point(s)
  • Round 3 correct picks receive 3 point(s)
  • Round 4 correct picks receive 4 point(s)
  • Round 5 correct picks receive 5 point(s)
Recent Comments
How the heck do I affiliate myself with a team?
Posted by Brimbles 3/21/2017 3:44:56 PM
Very nice game, i hope steroids in igA nephropathy will win!
Posted by Mehdi.Maanaoui 3/21/2017 8:34:34 AM
PROM for the win!
Posted by ctsinclair 3/20/2017 6:13:22 PM

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