The Michigan Recruitment & Retention Network evolved from a small group of recruitment and physician relation professionals from across the state who met monthly in Lansing to exchange ideas, problem solve and offer support to each other in this ever challenging profession.

The group found these meetings so helpful that each member was soon identifying others who should be invited to attend. As the group grew from its original size of eight to nineteen members, they were approached by the Michigan Health Council for input on developing a computerized system linking Michigan hospitals with Michigan physicians for the purpose of physician recruitment and keeping physicians within the state. This database evolved into Medical Opportunities in Michigan (MOM), a highly successful program in matching candidates with opportunities with Michigan hospitals.

The group continued to grow and with nearly forty members was incorporated as a non-profit professional organization in 1993. With the formalization of the group, the focus expanded from pure networking to include educational programs as a part of each meeting. This aspect of the meetings was so favorable that MRRN held its first formal two-day conference in May of 1994.

In 1997, MRRN organized its first physician job fair in Dearborn exclusively for members of MRRN. The success of this event led MRRN to hold a job fair each year since 1997.

The group has continued to evolve and grow, and members now represent a large portion of the hospitals and health care organizations in the state. MRRN continues to reach out to help them maximize success and satisfaction within their careers.