NephMadness is a celebration of all things nephrology organized by the NephMadness Executive Team presented on the AJKD Blog. We pit 16 unique aspects of nephrology against each other.

A helpful video explainer by @KidneyCathy:

How to enter:

Infographic by @Errantnephron

  1. Visit AJKD Blog to learn about the 8 nephrology topics in this year's tournament.
  2. Submit your picks (after which you'll be asked to register/log in).
  3. Claim up to 8.0 CME credits and MOC points (expires June 1, 2023).
  4. Encourage your friends, family, patients, and co-workers to fill out brackets!

How are Matches Determined?

Blue Ribbon Panel

Winners for each matchup are determined by majority vote from the Blue Ribbon Panel before the start of the tournament. 


Complimentary year-long personal subscription to Advances in Kidney Disease and Health and Nature Reviews Nephrology:

  • Top Overall Score
  • Top Medical Student Score*
  • Top Resident Score*
  • Top Fellow Score*
  • Top Attending Score*

*Registration question must be answered for prize eligibility. See scoring & rules.


  • March 1, Wednesday (7:00 am EST): Bracket entry opens
  • April 2, Friday (2:59 pm EDT): Deadline for entering contest
  • April 3, Monday: Effluent 8 named
  • April 5, WednesdayFiltered 4 named
  • April 7, Friday: Left & Right Kidneys named 
  • April 10, Monday: NephMadness Champion crowned


NephMadness is powered by AJKD Blog. NephMadness 2023 details and instructions can be found here.


Final Standings Are In

The tournament is finished and the final results are published. Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for playing in the contest.

Rank User Entry ID Points Comments
1 Nephangie 828027 26 0
2 UAZ-Tucson 827818 25 0
3 Matt.james90 828122 24 0
3 tubularvid 827238 24 0
5 Sophia Ambruso 822118 23 0
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)
Recent Comments
Let’s do it
Posted by NephroCMNO on entry 828083. 3/31/2023 10:16:12 PM
Bizarro bracket
Posted by Leastman on entry 827883. 3/31/2023 9:09:12 AM
Just another beginning!!
Posted by Brammahin on entry 827564. 3/28/2023 7:16:39 AM

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