The 8th annual NephMadness begins today, March 13, 2020.
The initiative is the brain-child of the team at AJKD Blog, the official blog of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and was initially launched to celebrate World Kidney Day, an international campaign to increase awareness of kidney disease.
The month-long educational tournament plays out across all social media outlets, providing good-natured competition while highlighting the latest advances and breakthroughs in nephrology.
Modeled on March Madness, the annual US college basketball tournament, NephMadness starts with eight of the hottest nephrology topics (REGIONS), which are then divided into four competing subtopics (TEAMS). Each topic is introduced by an in-depth review of the subject written by an expert in the field. The topics were kept secret until today, when brackets listing all 32 topics were released.
The eight main REGIONS are:
Nephrology fellows, residents and students are not the only ones who can play and learn. Friends, family, patients, trainees in other healthcare fields, and co-workers are encouraged to fill out brackets.
The winner of each round in NephMadness is determined by a of nine-member blue-ribbon panel. For each matchup, the panel members will pick the team they believe will cause the most practice change in nephrology over the next five years. The NephMadness Champion will be crowned Monday, April 13, 2020.
While a prize of one copy of Brenner and Rector’s The Kidney, 10th Edition, will be awarded to the person with the top overall score, there are many additional prizes. For instance, best tweeter and best blogger will win a prize. See all prizes here.
Participants in the United States can claim up to 8.0 CME credits and MOC points. More information on NephMadness is available at www.AJKDBlog.org.
See the full bracket below.