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 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 31, 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


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


Entry Window Opening Soon

You will be able to submit your picks starting Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

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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