@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.


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 Marilina_A 742551 46 0
2 drkid 742567 45 0
2 massiniKTx 742904 45 0
4 aprieur 742029 44 0
5 tedfitzgerald90 742644 42 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)
Recent Comments
Nicely done JHU
Posted by okhateeb on entry 742086. 4/1/2019 7:37:20 PM
Killing it!!!
Posted by okhateeb on entry 742393. 4/1/2019 7:36:08 PM
Ecluizumab out in the 1st round? That's like UVA losing in 2018 to UMBC... Now my NephMadness and my NCAA brackets are both shot. Give me some NSAIDs for my pain... Oh wait, NSAIDs lost too. Go Red Sox?
Posted by deputydan on entry 736166. 4/1/2019 2:14:50 PM

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