I paid $695 for the pleasure of recertifying my board status. It's called Maintenance of Certification, and for OB-Gyns, we have to read a shitload of articles and then answer questions on each one. And we get to do chart review of our charts to ensure that we're doing things according to standards (this part I actually think is a good idea). And THEN we get to read some horseshit article on communication and answer more questions.
But do they give us the articles for free? Oh FUCK NO!!!!!! They want to charge ~$30 per article times 15 articles. Other, enterprising hucksters will sell you hard copies for only $200 for all of them. (hey, they only need 3-4 of us to buy from them to make a profit!) I'm starting to get those postcards in the mail.
Times like this I'm glad hubby works at a university - I use his account to access the library and get the articles for free.