The Criterion-Based Evaluation System (CBES)
CBES refers to the evaluation system used in required clerkships at Stanford. Student performance is assessed in three domains: Patient Care, Professionalism and Interpersonal Communication, and knowledge - as measured by a final written exam.
Students whose performance meets established criteria in each domain receive a mark of Pass with Distinction. All students are eligible to earn Pass with Distinction, independently of how other students perform.
Performance in each domain is reported separately in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), without reference to an overall grade.