Portrait of Per Palmgren

Per Palmgren

Assistant senior lecturer

About me

I am an Associate professor in medical education and Assistant senior lecturer at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME). I have been working with medical education since 2008 and affiliated with the Karolinska Institutet since 2011. I defended my PhD in 2016 with the thesis titled “It takes two to tango – an inquiry into healthcare professional education environments“.

Since January 2022 I am the director of doctoral studies at LIME. 

I am also registered chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic) and senior lecturer in higher education at the Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine.

Research description

As an educational scientist I belong to the research group called Lifelong Learning in Health Care Contexts (LLiHCC) which is led by Professor Terese Stenfors. My research is focusing on the environment in which students learn and teachers work, and how educational stakeholders in different health care professions perceive and experience their educational environment and how we can develop educational environments that are apt for different healthcare professional trainings. More specifically, regarding the meaning of educational environments at large – how can we understand the inner dynamic of educational environments and better understand the different facets of educational environment to be able to support the development of sustainable high quality learning environments. I have a mixed-method approach to my research, employing methods deriving from both the quantitative and qualitative research tradition.

I also have a strong interest in research in musculoskeletal health with a focus on treatment and prevention.

Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Chiropractic Education.

Peer reviewer commissions: BMC Medical Education, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Perspectives on Medical Education,Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Nursing Open, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, European Journal of Physiotherapy, Journal of Chiropractic Education, International Journal of Medical Education, Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development and Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.


PhD in Medical Science (Medical Education), Karolinska Institutet (2016)

Masters in Medical Education (MMedEd), University of Dundee (2010)

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (DipMedEd), University of Dundee (2009)

Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (CertMedEd), University of Dundee (2008)

Swedish State Registered/Licensed Chiropractor issued by the Swedish Board for Health and Welfare (2006)

Undergraduate degree in Chiropractic, Scandinavian College of Chiropractic (2003)