17076 Milwaukee Academy of Medicine - Cognitive Enhancement of Today May be the Normal of Tomorrow - September 19, 2017
1334th  Meeting
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Milwaukee Academy of Medicine
Wisconsin Club
900 West Wisconsin Avenue
6:00 PM Registration
6:30 PM Dinner   ($48.00 payable by check)
7:30 PM Presentation
Reservations Required by 9/14/17


Cognitive Enhancement of Today May be the Normal of Tomorrow

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA

Associate Professor, Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Director, Graduate Program in Bioethics

Medical College of Wisconsin

This presentation considers the use of cognitive enhancers in healthy individuals with cognitive deficits caused by mental impairment. The objectives of my analysis are twofold: 1) to outline some of the problems associated with the attempt to distinguish the concept of enhancement from therapy, and 2) to show the relevance of the distinction between two different categories of cognitive enhancement in the attempt to demonstrate why the notion of human enhancement might become part of the therapeutic language of tomorrow. First, I examine the various conceptualizations of enhancement found in literature, especially as outlined by Chadwick and Agar, two scholars who provide helpful analyses of the concept. Second, I introduce the notion of the “clinical ideal” and evaluate the concept of enhancement in the context of clinical interventions. In the final part of my presentation, I look at the implications of the clinical ideal in relation to the use of cognitive enhancers in people with mental impairment.



ACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Academy of Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course details

Target audience

  • Physicians of all medical specialties

Learning objectives

  • Identify the challenges associated with the distinction between therapy and enhancement
  • Appreciate how the concept of the “clinical ideal” provides a potential justification of the use of cognitive enhancers in the mentally impaired
  • Understand the ethical and clinical implications of the “clinical ideal” with regard to the use of cognitive enhancers in the clinical context


Wisconsin Club
900 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
United States

Faculty & credentials

Activity Director
Jack Kleinman, MD
Department of Nephrology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Program Committee Members:
Ellen Blank, M.D.
Arthur Derse, M.D., J.D.
Thomas Heinrich, M.D.
Matthew Lee, M.D.
Daryl Melzer, M.D.
Carol Pohl, M.D.
Tod Poremski, M.D.
Alonzo Walker, M.D.
Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.



ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Amy John, Executive Director
Phone Number:: 
+1 (414) 456-8249