@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 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.
  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 AJKD and Nature Reviews Nephrology and one NephMadness plaque will be awarded to:

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

One NephMadness plaque and NephMadness cloth facemasks (up to 30 per group) will be awarded to:

One NephMadness cloth facemask will be awarded to:

  • Best Tweeter
  • Best Blogger
  • Best Urine Microscopy Image Winner

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


  • March 1, Monday (11:00 am EST), Bracket entry opens
  • March 31, Wednesday (11:59 pm EDT): Deadline for entering contest
  • April 2, FridaySaturated 16 results
  • April 5, MondayEffluent 8 results
  • April 6, Tuesday: Filtered 4 results
  • April 7, Wednesday: Left & Right Kidney results 
  • April 9, Friday: NephMadness Champion crowned


NephMadness is powered by AJKD Blog. NephMadness 2021 details and instructions can be found here.


Entry Window Open

Entries will be accepted until Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

You have 24 day(s), 23 hour(s) and 49 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)

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