@KidneyCathy explains NephMadness in this short video.

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

How to enter:

  1. Visit AJKD Blog to learn about all the teams in the 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.
  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. 


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, 7th Edition, will be awarded to each of the following:

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

One NephMadness Plaque will be awarded to:

One NephMadness rally towel will be awarded to:

  • Best Tweeter
  • Best Blogger

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


  • March 15, Friday (3:00 am EDT), Bracket entry opens
  • March 31, Sunday (6:00 pm EDT): Deadline for entering contest
  • April 1, Monday: First round results. Scoring begins & Saturated 16 named
  • April 3, Wednesday: Saturated 16 results and Effluent 8 named
  • April 4, Thursday: Effluent 8 results and the Filtered Four named
  • April 5, Friday: Filtered Four results and the finalists named
  • April 8, Monday: NephMadness Champion crowned


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


Entry Window Open

Entries will be accepted until Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

You have 12 day(s), 13 hour(s) and 40 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)

Check out @KidneyCathy's video breaking down the brackets

Visit AJKD Blog for background and the latest updates


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