Southeast Missouri State University

Biomedical Student Explores Many Opportunities at Southeast

College of Science and Mathematics

Graduation is still a few weeks away, but biomedical science major Mary Grace Deline, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has more experience and familiarity in the hospital than some medical students.

Mary Grace has had the opportunity to job-shadow with Dr. James Hoffman, a pediatrician at Cape Girardeau Physician Associates in the Healing Arts Center at Saint Francis Medical Center each Tuesday this semester. 

She said she knew Dr. Hoffman from church, and he was generous enough to offer her this invaluable experience. 

“Every day I am gaining knowledge from this internship that I would have never imagined,” Mary Grace said.  “Dr. Hoffman is a great teacher; he explains x-rays and test results and teaches me about different conditions children face.  In this internship, I have viewed procedures like spinal taps and x-rays that indicate the flu and pneumonia.”

Mary Grace plans to graduate in December, and afterward, she hopes to attend an osteopathic school.
As a student at Southeast Missouri State University, Mary Grace has been involved with Emerging Leaders and is a Presidential Ambassador. 

“Emerging Leaders was a wonderful way to learn new leadership skills and connect to other organizations on campus.  I was able to meet other students that I might not have been connected with otherwise,” Mary Grace said.

Mary Grace first attended University of Kentucky before returning to Cape Girardeau to enroll at Southeast.  She said her transition from such a large university to Southeast was smooth due to the professors’ genuine interest and concern for her success.

“Dr. Champine was the first professor I met, and he has helped guide my entire Southeast experience and helped with my success in the classroom as well as properly preparing me for the medical school application process,” Mary Grace said.  “At Southeast, I have learned how to study and I've gained a strong work ethic and leadership skills, all of which are important to being part of the medical field.”

In her spare time, Mary Grace enjoys tennis, volunteering, exercising, bicycling, being involved in the college life group at Lynwood Baptist Church, playing the piano and salsa dancing.

“Dancing has become such a great way for me to relieve stress, release some energy and have a blast!  It is so much fun to get a group together to go to Carbondale, Ill., where they have salsa dancing in the back of a coffee house, attend an hour-long lesson, and then dance the rest of the night away!” Mary Grace said.

 Mary Grace advises fellow and future Southeast students to “make sure that you find an area of study that you are passionate about; do what you love.  Most of all, take advantage of all opportunities at the University; learn about all of the extracurricular opportunities, go to campus events, and get to know your professors.  Southeast is a friendly University that has a lot to offer!”

Photo of Mary Grace Deline with Dr. Hoffman and a patient.

Photo of Mary Grace Deline assisting pediatrician Dr. James Hoffman as he examines a patient.