I chose Medicine because I wanted the necessary training in order to qualify as a Doctor. However, whilst gaining a good clinical education, I wanted to retain an in depth study of the scientific basis behind Medicine. It is this which the Oxford course focuses on, with the first three years dedicated entirely to a traditional science degree. As part of this, you get the opportunity to conduct a research project of your own, and it was this that attracted me to the Oxford Medicine course in particular.
The most rewarding aspect of the course is getting to study topics which I find to be interesting and engaging. The tutorial system lends itself to an in depth study with experts in the field that you are studying, and in my opinion it is this learning style which makes the course so rewarding.
The most challenging aspect of the course for me personally has been the workload, and in particular time management. University brings great freedom in structuring your own work schedule, and at times I've found this difficult due to the great variety of extra-curricular activities on offer at Oxford. However, I would stress that this is most likely a personal challenge, and those with better time management skills may answer this question entirely differently!
In terms of advice before applying, I wish I had been a lot calmer and had generally focused on medicine rather than the application process itself. Due to the competitiveness of places in medical courses across the UK, I think it is easy to become too obsessed with application statistics and the admissions procedures of the different universities. I would advise that whilst it is important to be aware what universities are looking for in potential students, a lot of the time may better spent developing your interest in Medicine, and ensuring that the course is for you.
I think Oxford did a very good job of portraying the course in the open days, so nothing really surprised me in particular about the course. Whilst there is of course a heavy workload, it is always delivered in an interesting and engaging way.