Welcome to #NephMadness 2020


AJKDBlog is excited to bring you the 8th edition of NephMadness!

There are many of you #NephMadnessNewbies who may be confused about where to start or what to do. Don’t worry, we’re here to encourage fun and learning, so read on…

What is NephMadness?

NephMadness is a free online, CME-granting, evidenced-based, noncommercial learning initiative that leverages the tools of social media to teach about the latest and greatest breakthroughs in the field of nephrology! (From the 2017 explainer post)

The idea is based on March Madness, the annual US college basketball tournament. Instead of basketball teams, we selected the hottest nephrology topics to compete in NephMadness. More on the history of the madness in this Editorial: NephMadness 2015: Nephrology as a Cornerstone of Medicine. Also, check out @KidneyCathy‘s short video explainer:

What do I need to do?

  1. Read this year’s region posts here.
  2. Submit an individual or team bracket here.
  3. Discuss your picks with #NephTwitter!

That’s it – you can do this!

What are the teams and regions?

There are 8 main nephrology topics (REGIONS) with 4 subtopics (TEAMS) in the tournament.

This year’s official bracket:


Resources for groups:




Who picks the NephMadness champion?

A 9-member Blue Ribbon Panel selects the winners of each round in NephMadness. For each matchup, they were asked to pick the team that, in their opinion, will cause the most practice change in nephrology over the next 5 years.

Read more about the rationale behind the BRP in this Editorial: NephMadness After 5 Years: A Recap and Game Plan for the Future

What’s the Schedule?

  • March 13: Bracket entry opens
  • April 30 (06:00 pm EDT): Deadline for bracket submission
  • May 1: NephMadness 2020 Champion crowned


US-based physicians can earn 1.0 CME credit and 1.0 MOC point per region.

  1. Register/log in to the NKF’s Professional Education Resource Center (PERC). If you select “Physician” in the drop-down menu during registration, the ABIM ID will pop up – make sure to complete this during registration to receive MOC points after course completion.
  2. Review the activity, disclosure, and accreditation information.
  3. Click “Continue” and review Course Instructions.
  4. Complete Post-Test. Please note: By selecting “Yes” to the participation questions for each region, the corresponding Post-Test questions will appear. Click “Save Draft” to save your responses and finish later. When you are ready to submit your answers, click “Preview” to review all responses, then click “Submit.”
  5. Click “Next” to complete the Evaluation form, then click“Submit.”
  6. Claim 1.0 CME credit and 1.0 MOC point per region (up to 8.0 total for 8 regions of NephMadness).
  7. Save/print your certificate.

The CME and MOC activity will expire on June 13th, 2020.

What are the Prizes?

  • Top Overall score: Brenner and Rector’s The Kidney
  • Top Medical Student, Top Resident, Top Fellow, and Top Attending score: NKF Primer on Kidney Diseases: Expert Consult
  • Best Tweeter, Best Blogger, and Group Prizes (see below): NephMadness lunch bags

Group Prizes

  • Highest Score and Most Entries. Complete the question on the bracket submission site on whether you are part of a group and/or whether you are submitting an official entry on behalf of a group.
  • Best Party. Take a photo (or multiple) of your party and tag #NephMadnessParty. Check out last year’s winner, II Klinika Nefrologii UMB.

For all Group Prizes, the maximum number of prizes awarded will be 30 per group (meaning more than 30 individuals can be affiliated with a group, but we will only award 30 prizes per group).

What’s next?

We will update this blog post on Friday, March 13, with all the materials you’ll need for a successful NephMadness season. Until then, join the conversation on Twitter: #NephMadness

Note: Updated March 13th to include NephMadness 2020 information such as regions and brackets, and March 19th for COVID-19 update.

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