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:

  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 May 31, 2024).
  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, Friday (7:00 am EST): Bracket entry opens
  • March 31, Sunday (11:59 pm EDT): Deadline for entering contest
  • April 2, Tuesday: Effluent 8 named
  • April 4, ThursdayFiltered 4 named
  • April 5, Friday: Left & Right Kidneys named 
  • April 8, Monday: NephMadness Champion crowned

Meet the Gamemakers

NephMadness 2024 is organized by the NephMadness Executive Team


NephMadness is powered by AJKD Blog. NephMadness 2024 details and instructions can be found here.


Entry Window Open

Entries will be accepted until Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 11:59:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

You have 26 day(s), 15 hour(s) and 20 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)

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