tv doctors, mcdreamy, turk, grey's anatomy, scrubs, ER, M*A*S*H, Mash, house, patrick dempsey, donald faison, noah wylie, lisa edelstein, alan aldaThey've saved countless lives on television shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "ER," "Scrubs," "House," and "M*A*S*H," but how would fictional doctors like McDreamy and Turk stand up against real medical patients? Not well -- and that's why the actors behind them are teaming up to encourage fans to seek out real medical care.

In a new ad campaign for health insurance provider Cigna meant to remind subscribers to schedule annual wellness visits, actors Alan Alda, Patrick Dempsey, Donald Faison, Noah Wyle, and Lisa Edelstein explain how they actually have no idea what they're doing when it comes to the patients they treat on TV. Dempsey declares that he never went to college, while Faison admits he's spooked by the sight of blood."We are the TV doctors of America, and we're partnering with Cigna to help save lives by getting you to a real doctor for an annual checkup," the actors declare in the spot.

A rep for Cigna told Ad Age that the campaign and its starry spokespeople was the company's attempt at a "humorous way to try to attract attention."

Looks like they've succeeded. Also, we really miss seeing some of these docs in action on the small screen. Anyone up for a "Scrubs" reunion? (Though Dempsey probably wouldn't want to play McDreamy again anytime soon.)

[via: Ad Age]

Photo credit: YouTube/Cigna