Dean Woolliscroft received his B.S. summa cum laude in 1972 and his M.D. in 1976 from the University of Minnesota. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 1980. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine and rose through the academic ranks being promoted to professor of Internal Medicine in 1993. He has a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Medical Education.
Dean Woolliscroft is an internationally recognized medical educator. He has played major roles in medical student, resident and fellow education at the University of Michigan. His leadership has led to multiple educational innovations including: the nation’s first medical student clinical skills course using community facilities for the elderly as educational sites, introduction of a multi-station comprehensive clinical assessment for senior students, development of the school’s international academic program Global REACH, introduction of a structured clinical examination to assess incoming residents’ skills leading to individualized learning agendas, and development of the institution’s Clinical Simulation Center. He has also helped to establish standards for education and accreditation at a national level for medical schools and graduate medical education. Dean Woolliscroft has served as chair of the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs; the AAMC Research in Medical Education Committee; and as a founding member and president of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine. He has also served on several National Board of Medical Examiners committees.
His research interests in medical education have resulted in numerous publications, invited presentations and visiting professorships across the United States and internationally. Dr. Woolliscroft was selected as the first Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Medical Education, an endowed professorship awarded through a national competition in 1996. In January 2001, he received a second endowed professorship, the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine recognizing his work in enhancing the practice of medicine through education. He was chosen as a fellow of the AAMC’s Council of Deans in 2003-2004. In 2004, he received the Society of General Medical Education’s Career Achievement in Medical Education Award.
At the University of Michigan he has served in several administrative capacities including associate chair in the Department of Internal Medicine, chief of staff of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, associate dean and director of Graduate Medical Education and the executive associate dean of the University of Michigan Medical School.