@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 will be awarded to:

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

One NephMadness Plaque will be awarded to:

  • Most Entries Group* 
  • Highest Score Group* 

One NephMadness cap will be awarded to:

  • Best Tweeter
  • Best Blogger

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


  • March 15, Friday (11:00 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 Opening Soon

You will be able to submit your picks starting Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:55:00 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)
  • Round 5 correct picks receive 5 point(s)

Bracketology with the presidents of ASN, NKF & editors of CJASN, AJKD.



Visit AJKD Blog for background and the latest updates


Follow AJKD on Twitter #NephMadness