Play RheumMadness!

How to Play RheumMadness (it’s easy)

  1. Read “scouting reports” to learn about the teams in the tournament.
  2. Submit your picks before Wednesday, March 22 at 11:59pm ET.
  3. Enjoy! Tournament results will be released in 5 rounds from March 23 – April 3, 2023.

Note: you will be taken to an external website (Tourneytopia) where the RheumMadness tournament actually takes place.  If you have not submitted a RheumMadness bracket before, you will need to register.

How are matches determined?

The winner of each match-up is decided by a 7-member “Blue Ribbon Panel” of rheumatologists. For the 2023 tournament, the panel will vote based on which topic they think is the most important and transformational article ever written in the field of rheumatology. The more your picks match those of the panel, the more points you get!  Scroll down to learn more about the panel.

What do I get if I win?

Participants with the most correct predictions will “win” RheumMadness. Prizes will be given to participants with the top scores in the following categories: (1) Attending / APP, (2) Fellow, and (3) Resident / Medical Student. The prize is a custom RheumMadness coffee mug and a lifetime of bragging rights. But really, everyone wins in RheumMadness because you get to connect, collaborate, compete, and learn together.

The 2023 Blue Ribbon Panel

We are thankful to have an amazing panel with diverse interests, areas of expertise, and practice settings.

  • Angus B. Worthing, MD, FACP, FACR: Rheumatologist at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates in Washington, D.C. Follow him at @AngusWorthing
  • Anne R. Bass, MD: Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, New York.
  • Julie J. Paik, MD, MHS: Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Follow her at @JuliePaikMD
  • Marie Kuchynski, MD: Senior attending physician, rheumatologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Brunswick Ohio. Follow her at @DoctorKuch
  • Peter C. Grayson, MD, MSc: Rheumatologist and Tenure Track Investigator at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. Follow him at @petercgrayson
  • Sebastian E. Sattui, MD, MS: Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow him at @SattuiSEMD
  • Daniel E. Gonzalez, MD: Second-year rheumatology fellow at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


  1. Listen to the RheumMadness podcast. In this podcast series, we interview fellows who wrote the scouting reports and highlight themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to concepts in RheumMadness. You can find the podcast on all major podcasting apps.
  2. Join the conversation on Twitter (#RheumMadness).
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