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The Brackets


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The Brackets


What's this all about?

NephMadness is an education and entertainment initiative. We have selected 64 concepts from 8 different interesting and unique corners of nephrology. Each of these concepts is paired off against another in a grudge match. Participants try to predict the winner in all of the matches. Winners advance and losers go home.

NephMadness like all tournaments is all about the brackets. We divide the field into 8 regions, with 8 teams for every region. Each region covers a different subject in nephrology. The teams are seeded like in a normal basketball tournament but we don't pay much attention to the seeds and neither should you.

It's like the NCAA Basketball tournament, but for nephrology!


Get the official recap, NephMadness Unplugged 2014

 

If you want to plan your brackets on paper or gaze at them on your iPad, use these links.

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Schedule


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Schedule


March 16, Sunday. NephMadness Starts

Sunday March 16 is Selection Sunday. We will reveal the brackets with all 64 nephrology concepts. We will also reveal fully referenced background information on each concept. Even people with minimal medical training will be able to participate. Fill out your brackets and register to follow the Madness.

March 26th Wednesday, Noon EDT. Deadline for entering the contest.

This is the. IMPORTANT: Contestants are required to enter the contest before the first round results are announced

March 26 Wednesday, 3PM EDT. First round results. Scoring begins.

March 28 Friday. Second round results and Sweet 16 named.

March 30 Sunday. Sweet 16 results and Elite 8 named.

April 2 Wednesday. Elite 8 results and Final 4 named.

April 4 Friday. The Final 4 results.

April 8 Tuesday: The NephMadness Champion crowned.

 

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Prizes


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Prizes


Online registration means automatic scoring, which means we will have a winner. The top score will get a copy of the NKF's Kidney Primer. This is a great book. It is a manageable size but with enough depth to actually be useful. Students, residents and docs struggling to maintain certification will all find a place for this book.  And the winner will look sharp in her AJKD hat and shirt.

AJKD deputy Editor Daniel Weiner and Co-author of The Primer

AJKD deputy Editor Daniel Weiner and Co-author of The Primer

The next 10 best eligible scores will get NephMadness Mugs.

This is a real contest with real rules, if you want to get your lawyer on, search for the loophole at our rules page.

Joel and Matt will also be awarding mugs for the best use of Twitter during the Madness and the best blog post regarding NephMadness. See here for more details.

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The Score


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The Score


The Finals are set.

After a long run at the top of the standings (Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four), Rupal slips to second place. Swapnil takes over at first place. Carlos Machado breaks into the top ten and rockets up to second place with Rupal. It should be a wild finish with ninth place still in striking distance of first place with 6 points up for grabs in the final match-up: JNC8 versus balanced solutions!

The Final 4.

The Final Four and Rupal Mehta continues to hold on to her lead and intact has stretched it out to two points. Behind her there is a pack of 5 people in second place. Sastry and Tajas overtake the former second place braketeer, Eric Judd and are now joined by Dominique Guerrot of Rouen, France, Igor Pietrobom, and Hiremath. Nature Review Nephrology is still holding their own at 7th place.

The Elite 8.

The Elite Eight in some ways is the most important round of NephMadness, the these eight winners represent the champions of each region. Rupal Mehta, nephrology fellow Mehta at Northwestern University continues her reign on top of the standings. Eric Judd rises from 8th to second and Tejas slips a position to third place. Swapnil Hiremath, a contributor to the #DreamRCT project has rocketed up the standings to tie Tejas. Nature Reviews and Melanie Hoenig are holding on to their Top-10 positions.

The Sweet 16 is set.

The round of 32 mixed up the standings with a lot of new faces in the top 10. First place from the round of 64, nephrology fellow, Scott Westphal fell to second, tied with nephrology blogger, Tejas Desai. The editors of the journal Nature Nephrology Reviews, are rocking fourth place along with Harvard Nephrologist Melanie Hoenig, and nephrology fellow Saurabh Ghandi.

Who is the mystery man at the top of the heap? If you are Rupal Mehta drop us a line.

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Learn


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Learn


To succeed in these brackets you will need to learn about the concepts. Some people may only need to read a bit about the brackets to fill in a couple of holes. Others will read from beginning to end. Start a tour of all the information on all the nephrology concepts in Bracketology..

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#NephMadness


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#NephMadness


This is not the actual mug, we don't know what they will ultimately look like, but we guarantee they will hold coffee.

This is not the actual mug, we don't know what they will ultimately look like, but we guarantee they will hold coffee.

NephMadness is about the community. And we want to show our appreciation of the community effort. Last year 7 independent bloggers went out and posted their views on NephMadness, this year we will be highlighting their efforts here and will give the best blogger a NephMadness Coffee Mug, complements of Joel and Matt.

NephMadness also was all over Twitter last year. This year we will be awarding a coffee mug to the tweeter, not associated with the contest. This will be judged on a secret mixture of quality and quantity.

As of Monday night 4/7/14

As of Monday night 4/7/14


Kristina Fiore, covering the endocrine beat, sees NephMadness worthy of some press. Thanks!

Kristina Fiore, covering the endocrine beat, sees NephMadness worthy of some press. Thanks!

Some of the creators of NephMadness were on Mike Sevilla's podcast talking about Nephmadness. Take a listen.

Some of the creators of NephMadness were on Mike Sevilla's podcast talking about Nephmadness. Take a listen.


Best links, tweets, e-mails and memes regarding Nephmadness

Joel's discussion of the faults of the serum anion gap.

Joel's discussion of the faults of the serum anion gap.

NephMadness gets a shootout in this article about World Kidney Day social media activities.

NephMadness gets a shootout in this article about World Kidney Day social media activities.

E-mail from a player with a strangely intimate relationship  with his brackets.

In order to do this right, I needed a glass of chianti with Barry White playing in the background to get in the mood. It was an amazing 30 minutes.

My final Four: Chlorthalidone, Acute PD, KDIGO AKI and rituximab. 

Love this three tweet exchange. NephMadness education in action!

from Edgar Lerma. Nice work.

from Edgar Lerma. Nice work.

This tweet from Matthew Hayn is an early contender for best tweet. 

Hey @kidney_boy & @eAJKD  "How about No" bear has something to say #NephMADNESS http://t.co/MRyDOFXynv Tom Oates

Hey @kidney_boy & @eAJKD 
"How about No" bear has something to say #NephMADNESS http://t.co/MRyDOFXynv

Tom Oates

The eAJKD tweet stream

PBFluids posted on NephMadness

Coverage of last year's NephMadness by Forbes.

Coverage of last year's NephMadness by Forbes.