A compilation of possible connecting phrases that one can use in USMLE Step 2 CS

Could it be that…? 
Let me see if I understand… 
That sounds frustrating. 
I’m not sure if I understand, do you mean that…?
Do you feel a little…? 
Correct me if I’m wrong, but… 
Does it sound reasonable that…? 
…is that what you mean? 
… is that how you feel? 
This is what I think I hear you saying… 


  1. Thanks for this, but this isn't what I need for "connecting phrases". I need things to connect with patient with, while I wash hands, and also when I'm done the PE and need to start discussing the whole situation with him. These are two awkward moments for me.

  2. See this page-You may find it helpful. http://score99.blogspot.com/2009/05/typical-encounter-pro-forma.html


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