Dr. Nadia Alam & Dr. Silvy Mathew


Dr. Nadia Alam is a family physician and anesthetist with over ten years of experience. She is also a recognized physician leader, strategist and policy analyst, who has a background in health economics and policy. She has published, presented and led tables in a number of fields, including primary care, integrated care, mental health, leadership, burnout and equity in medicine. Dr. Alam is cross-appointed as faculty at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a past-president of the Ontario Medical Association and has won awards in teaching, leadership and shaping health system policy. She is a mom of four and loves to paint, write and run at least 5 kilometres away from stress.


Dr. Silvy Mathew is a family physician and long-term care specialist with fifteen years of experience and expertise under her belt. Having completed a certification in Global Health and then a Masters in Health Economics, Policy and Management, Dr. Mathew brings a practical lens to regional and provincial decision-making tables for pandemic planning on COVID, virtual care, and healthcare advocacy. Her current project involves analyzing vaccine adverse events with Toronto Public Health. She is a past-Board Director of the Ontario Medical Association and has recently won the OMA Emerging Leader Award for being an innovative and influential physician leader. She has impossibly high standards of fashion, humour and food.

Politics, Policy and the Pandemic

Live Virtual Workshop | Thursday June 2 | 3:00pm -5:00 pm PST

COVID has changed the world as we know it. The entire health care system has irreversibly shifted. Looking back, how frustrated were you by the decision-making during the pandemic? Shocked by the treatment of long-term care patients? Confused by the rationale behind the set up for virtual care, vaccinations and rapid antigen tests? Health economics and policy shape these decisions. And that determines what care is delivered by physicians, where it is delivered and how it is delivered. So if you have questions and opinions about the pandemic, now is the time to understand how economics influences health policy. Using case studies derived from the pandemic, this 2-hour course will give you an inside look at the drivers of health care decision-making by government.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:


  • Define fundamental health economic terms. 

  • Articulate how economics influences policy. 

  • Analyze policy decisions made during the pandemic using the 3I framework.