Welcome to RheumMadness 2023: The All Star Season

RheumMadness is a FREE educational tournament for everyone who is crazy about rheumatology. The project is funded by a Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation and inspired by a similar project in nephrology called NephMadness.

How to Play RheumMadness

  1. Read "scouting reports" reviewing each team in the tournament (click for links to the reports). You can also find links to the reports when filling out your bracket.
  2. Click "Submit Your Picks Now" to fill out your bracket. You will be asked to register so we can keep track of your scores. IT IS FREE to submit a bracket. Brackets must be entered before March 22, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.
  3. Enjoy the tournament! The tournament results will be released in 5 rounds from March 23 through April 3, 2023. 

How are matches determined?

The winner of each match-up is decided by a 7-member "Blue Ribbon Panel" of rheumatologists. The panel will vote based on which topic they think is the most important and transformational article ever written in the field of rheumatology. The more your picks match those of the panel, the more points you get!  Scroll down to learn more about the panel.

What do I get if I win?

Participants with the most correct predictions will "win" RheumMadness. Prizes will be given to participants with the top scores in the following categories: (1) Attending / APP, (2) Fellow, and (3) Resident / Medical Student. The prize is a custom RheumMadness coffee mug and a lifetime of bragging rights. But really, everyone wins in RheumMadness because you get to connect, collaborate, compete, and learn together.

Other ways to connect with RheumMadness

  1. Subscribe to the RheumMadness newsletter.
  2. Join the conversation on Twitter (#RheumMadness).
  3. Listen to the RheumMadness podcast. In this podcast series, we interview fellows who wrote the scouting reports and highlight themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to concepts in RheumMadness. You can find the podcast on all major podcasting apps.
  4. Explore even more RheumMadness content our website. 

RheumMadness on theMednet!

The RheumMadness team is excited to announce a collaboration with theMednet.org for our 2023 tournament. theMednet is a physician only site providing a space for physicians to tackle difficult clinical questions and see how colleagues are practicing. theMednet will be featuring select Q&A relevant to articles in our 2023 tournament and will provide a space for further discussion and polling around clinical application. Register here for a free account with full access to the theMednet site and find RheumMadness content. Get FREE CME and MOC credit for reviewing this material. 

The 2023 Blue Ribbon Panel

We are thankful to have an amazing panel with diverse interests, areas of expertise, and practice settings.

  • Angus B. Worthing, MD, FACP, FACR: Rheumatologist at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates in Washington, D.C. Follow him at @AngusWorthing
  • Anne R. Bass, MD: Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, New York. 
  • Julie J. Paik, MD, MHS: Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Follow her at @JuliePaikMD
  • Marie Kuchynski, MD: Senior attending physician, rheumatologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Brunswick Ohio. Follow her at @DoctorKuch
  • Peter C. Grayson, MD, MSc: Rheumatologist and Tenure Track Investigator at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. Follow him at @petercgrayson
  • Sebastian E. Sattui, MD, MS: Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow him at @SattuiSEMD
  • Daniel E. Gonzalez, MD: Second-year rheumatology fellow at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
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 RobShmerling 827158 41 0
2 lveder8 827269 40 0
3 Rheuminations 827331 39 0
3 Gmaldonado 827358 39 0
3 Cytokinitis 821897 39 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)
  • Round 5 correct picks receive 5 point(s)