The John Kelly Prize in Clinical Surgery was perpetuated by his friends, admirers, and former students. It is currently valued at €600. It is intended to honor University College Cork students who obtain the highest marks in Clinical Surgery at the Final Medical Examination. This prize is awarded on an annual basis. The Academic Council decides if the student has attained a sufficiently high standard.
The student cannot have passed the Third University Examination in Medicine more than three years prior to the Final Medical Examination being taken. The student must have received the highest marks in their class on the Clinical Surgery portion of the Final Medical Examination.To be eligible the student must have taken each subject of the examination for the first time.